'Star' rises for Unified

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Unified Pictures is set to produce the modern-day Capra-esque tale "55 Holly Star." Michael A. Nickles, who penned the script, will direct.

The story centers on a down-on-his-luck man who, in a desperate search to decipher the dying words of his grandfather, turns his life upside down.

Production is scheduled to begin next year, with Unified founder Keith Kjarval producing.

"This is a story that has excited us for some time with its unique and fresh slant on a familiar romantic theme," Kjarval said.

The company, which recently completed principal photography on the Rachael Leigh Cook romantic comedy "Bob Funk," also is producing the CG-animated "Noah's Ark," written by Philip LaZebnik ("The Prince of Egypt," "Pocahontas") and the psychological thriller "Beneath the Shadows."

Unified is in postproduction on the revenge action/ drama "The Perfect Sleep" and the psychological thriller "XII."
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