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Fox is ready to take advice from a 9-year-old.

The studio has acquired the film rights to "How to Talk to Girls," a 46-page self-help tome written by Alex Greven, a fourth-grader.

Greven, who attends school in Castle Rock, Colo., wrote "Girls" as a handwritten pamphlet sold for $3 at his school book fair; he wrote it after he noticed that his peers were having some trouble talking to the ladies, though the book is geared for all ages.

Soon enough HarperCollins picked up the book, which came out in November and quickly became a hit. But initially, Fox — which, like HarperCollins, is owned by News Corp. — and its book scouts passed on the title. But when the book hit the town last week, garnering heavy interest, Fox stepped back in and took the book off the table. The deal was in the low- to mid-six figures.

Alex Young brought in the project, which has no writers or producers attached.

Gotham Group repped Greven in the deal. (partialdiff)
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