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MGM gets 'Zookeeper'

22 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jay Scherick and David Ronn have just learned that if at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Because sometimes, you'll get paid $2 million.

Wednesday night, MGM, under the impetus of Mary Parent, beat out several suitors, including Disney and DreamWorks, to buy the Zookeeper script from Scherick and Ronn, forking over $2 million against $3 million.

Walt Becker is attached to direct the comedy, with Kevin James in talks to star.

The scribe duo, who have been working steadily on assignments since selling their first spec National Security back in 2002, went out with the talking-animal pitch back in the fall. It didn't sell; on the eve of the strike, no studio was ready to spend significantly on development. So the pair wrote the script on spec during and after the strike.

Todd Garner, who originally came up with the idea for the project and initially brought it to the scribes' agent at ICM, is producing via his Broken Road Productions. »

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