For the first time, the two top producing dogs at Paramount Pictures are teaming on a movie. Paramount has purchased film rights for high-six figures for screenwriter Charlie Fletcher's contemporary novel Stoneheart, which is scheduled for publication in September in the U.S. (Hyperion) and the U.K. (Hachette).

The Hollywood Reporter says both Scott Rudin and Lorenzo di Bonaventura wanted to produce the movie, which has franchise potential; Fletcher plans to complete a trilogy. Paramount production co-president Alli Shearmur asked the two men to work together on the large-scale project, and they heartily agreed. "It's a great children's book, which Scott and I both read," di Bonaventura said. "We thought, 'This is the way to do 'The Wizard of Oz' in England.' We're setting our goals high."

In Stoneheart, London statues of famous people come alive to re-enact their history -- much like 20th Century Fox's holiday comedy Night at the Museum, which brings animals and insects to life at New York's Museum of Natural History.

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