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The "Rain Man" team has taken out a trade paper ad announcing that it's nailed down a rain forest story, but others dispute claim.

Producing duo of Peter Guber-Jon Peters ("Batman," "The Color Purple," "Gorillas in the Mist") put up $1 million for movie rights to the story of murdered Brazilian rain forest activist Chico Mendes. Mendes' widow Ilzamar says "I am confident they will produce a powerful film."But members of Chico Mendes Foundation say the producers don't yet have rights. "They didn't get the rights from the parties that have the rights," claims L.A. lawyer Alan Schwartz, who says he represents the foundation.

Responded Guber, "We have all the rights we need and we're making the picture."

Others reportedly bidding on the story include Robert Redford and 20th Century Fox, Ted Turner and HBO.