'Unicorn' spec in Nick's stable


Nickelodeon Movies has acquired the spec "Unicorn" from scribe Joey Aucoin for low- against midsix figures. Smart Entertainment is producing, and Paramount Pictures will distribute.

The family comedy centers on a man who wakes up with a unicorn in his apartment. Described as in the vein of "Elf," the story chronicles the relationship between a sherbet-pooping mythical creature and an alpha male character.

"It was too crazy, so I couldn't pitch it," said Aucoin, a former contestant on "Project Greenlight." "I decided to write it as a spec, and if I fell on my face, it was OK."

Smart Entertainment's John Jacobs is producing, with the banner's Colin O'Reilly executive producing.

Dori Howard will shepherd the project for Nickelodeon topper Scott Aversano.

Smart Entertainment's credits include the upcoming "Blades of Glory" for MTV Films and DreamWorks and "Anger Management."

"The film has fantastic elements like 'Blades of Glory' and has really strong characters," said Jacobs, who dubbed "Unicorn" a four-quadrant film.

Aucoin, who met O'Reilly when they were students at Loyola Marymount, worked closely with him to develop the story.

Aucoin, whose previous spec "K-12" sold to New Line Cinema, is repped by ICM, Smart Entertainment and attorney Rob Szymanski.
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