Hero acquires 'Vanity' fare


Hero Pictures International has picked up a pitch by director Bobby Garabedian, screenwriter Adam Simon and producer Elkin Antoniou titled "Vanity."

The CBS Studios-based Hero paid in the low-six figures for the "Babel"-like story that interconnects teens and young adults across continents who are dealing with major issues in their lives.

"This won't be a downer film, but we're definitely not going to pull any punches in presenting the reality of what millions of kids are going through," said Simon ("A Haunting in Connecticut").

Hero CEO Maria Rodriguez-Rabadan added that the film has "a huge commercial potential" because it is a "hip urban international drama for the most savvy, interconnected generation of young adults ever to exist."

Producers plan to draw on an international cast for the film.

Garabedian was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for best live-action short film for "Most," which he wrote and directed and Antoniou co-produced.

Garabedian is represented by CAA and attorney Craig Emanuel.

Simon is repped by Innovative Artists.

Hero is in talks with directors and cast for "The Private Lives of Albert Einstein" and is packaging an untitled hitman project as well as a detective comedy.