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(October 31, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- A Hollywood production company is purchasing the film rights to the story of an Arkansas man who emerged from two decades in a vegetative state this summer. Terry Wallis of Big Flat had been in a coma of varying degrees ever since a 1984 car crash. Then in July, he suddenly spoke to his mother. His story spread worldwide, and after an extended bidding war, Scott Bakula Productions agreed to a six-figure deal for the right to make a screenplay. Bakula, who starred in the N-B-C series "Quantum Leap" and the football comedy "Necessary Roughness," produces films for Paramount Pictures. He and partner Tom Spiroff will pitch the story to television networks in coming weeks, said Drew Nederpelt, the Wallis family's agent. Wallis' mother, Angilee, says her son desperately needs to continue physical and speech therapy, which she is trying to provide informally from home.