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Jon Turteltaub to Direct 'A Matter of Size' Sumo Wrestling Comedy at Paramount (Exclusive)

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Producer David Permut is setting up the project with Howard Franklin writing a script based on a 2009 Israeli comedy about a group of overweight people who become sumo wrestlers.

Producer David Permut is setting up A Matter of Size, a remake of a 2009 Israeli comedy, at Paramount. Jon Turteltaub is attached to direct and scribe Howard Franklin is penning the script.

Permut's shingle, Permut Presentations, owns remake rights to the character-driven comedy about a group of overweight people who become sumo wrestlers. The original film, which was directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor and starred Itzik Cohen, played at several film festivals in 2009 and 2010. 

At one point, Permut had been in talks to set up the project with Dimension Films, but the deal was never finalized.

Permut's producing credits include Face/Off (1997), Charlie Bartlett (2007) and Youth in Revolt (2009).

Carol Baum and Howard Rosenman also are producing.

Turteltaub's directing credits include The Sorcerer's Apprentice and two National Treasure movies. He is also set to direct Last Vegas, a comedy Laurence Mark is producing for CBS Films and Mandate.

Franklin has written The Man Who Knew Too Little and last fall's The Big Year

Turteltaub is represented by WME and Oasis Media Group; Franklin is also represened by WME. 

Paramount did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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