Lionsgate acquires 'Animal Cruelty'

Worldwide rights to spec from first-time scribe

Lionsgate has acquired worldwide rights to "Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty," a spec script by first-time screenwriter Adam Sachs.

The script -- described as a quirky, elevated comedy in the vein of "Thank You for Smoking" -- centers on an unlikely friendship between a lonely reporter and an outspoken teen who bond during an animal-rights protest.

Sachs graduated from Harvard last year with a major in Earth and planetary science and had been writing for the Harvard Lampoon. He said he penned a humor piece for a Web site that caught the attention of Energy Entertainment's Adam Marshall.

"He loved it and helped me develop a spec," Sachs said.

Producing are Brooklyn Weaver of Energy and Todd Garner of Broken Road Prods. Marshall and Sean Robins of Broken Road also will serve in producing capacities.

Lionsgate vp production Jim Miller is overseeing the project for the company.

Sachs is repped by WMA and Energy.