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USA Network has snapped up cable rights to Universal Pictures' The Bourne Ultimatum and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry as part of an 11-picture deal with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
Bourne, starring Matt Damon, was released Friday and made $69.3 million during the weekend. Chuck, which stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, has made $91.8 million at the domestic boxoffice since its July 20 bow.
Sources said USA -- which, like the distributor and film studio, is owned by NBC Universal -- paid about $60 million for the package, with Bourne and Chuck accounting for $35 million-$40 million of that total. The network and distributor declined comment on the financial and other terms of the deal.
It's believed that the deals for Bourne and Chuck are 4 and 1/2-year agreements, with NBC Universal allowed to carve out broadcast windows for both titles. In addition, the distributor will be allowed to carve out second cable windows, though USA has exclusive rights to both titles for the first two years of the deals, according to sources. »
Robin Williams has signed on to star opposite John Travolta in Old Dogs, a Walt Disney Co. comedy being directed by Walt Becker. Also joining the cast is Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Travolta.
Dogs is a buddy comedy revolving around two best friends and business partners whose lives are turned upside down when they find themselves in the care of 7-year-old twins.
Williams is repped by CAA, MBST Entertainment and Manatt Phelps & Phillips. »
Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore are attached to star in the long-gestating project, which centers on a headstrong woman (Moore) who drags her family on a rickety wagon from Boone's Lick, Mo., to the Wyoming fort where her husband lives. Her brother-in-law (Hanks) escorts her on the dangerous journey and along the way falls in love with her.
Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing the film, which is aiming to start shooting in early fall.
Helmer Lasse Hallstrom originally was attached to bring the novel, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2000, to the big screen.
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