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Hoot Targeted For July, Tampa Start
(released 3/15/2005)

New Line Cinema, which stated last month that it is partnering with production companies Walden Media and the Kennedy/Marshall Company to produce a feature adaptation of the popular Carl Hiaasen children's novel "Hoot."

"Hoot" revolves around a young boy who moves to a fictional town in Florida, called Coconut Cove, where he tries to solve an ecological mystery involving endangered owls, an assortment of other unusual creatures, and group of eccentric adults.

Director/comedian Wil Shriner ("Frasier," "Becker"), will direct the film. Shriner also has written the initial draft of the film's script.

"Hoot" is being produced by Frank Marshall and Jimmy Buffett, who will also provide music for the film. New Line's Mark Kaufman and Michael Disco are overseeing the production for the studio while Doug Jones and Evan Turner are overseeing the project for Walden Media.

They have a target start date of July 6th. They anticipate shooting in the Tampa area.

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