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Amblin Partners has brought on Michael De Luca to produce its movie adaptation of John Connolly’s sci-fi fantasy novel “The Gates,” which is being developed as a potential franchise starter.

Amblin, which acquired “The Gates” last November, has also tapped Blaise Hemingway to write the screenplay.

“The Gates,” published in 2011, centers on an 11-year-old protagonist and his dachshund who are trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. They encounter the gates to Hell, thanks to a break in the space-time continuum.

The book is the first in a trilogy, followed by “The Infernals” and “The Creeps.”

De Luca’s credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and he will also producing the second and third installments of the Universal franchise. He has produced three best picture nominees in “Moneyball,” “The Social Network” and “Captain Phillips.” He will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions. De Luca Productions exec Lucy Kitada will be an executive producer.

Hemingway is writing the animated feature “Playmobil” for Open Road and director Lino DiSalvo. The screenwriter is repped by UTA.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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