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Sony is readying for more Jake Kasdan at the studio — thanks to writer Jennifer Harrington, sources with knowledge of the deal tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The studio has snapped up Harrington’s original script titled It’s the End of Liz as We Know It in a highly competitive situation.
Sony beat out multiple parties who were interested in paying a high-six-figure sum — a significant deal in today’s script market, not to mention a rare one, for a spec from a rising writer. Not much is known about the plot, other than it is described as a high-concept sci-fi action-comedy.
Sony bought Harrington’s spec for Kasdan (son of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark scribe Lawrence Kasdan) and producing partner Melvin Mar to produce.
Kasdan also has an eye to direct the project, which keeps him in the Sony fold after massively successful outings on the Jumanji franchise. He helmed both 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level, which have earned more than $1.7 billion combined at the worldwide box office.
As for Harrington, she most recently worked on the Apple TV+ documentary Dear… , on which she also served as co-executive producer. Harrington is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and the law firm Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner Endlich & Gellman.
Kasdan and Mar have been on a roll as of late after their production company The Detective Agency signed a new four-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. They are repped by WME and Sloss Law.