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Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino are in advanced talks to star in Warner Bros.' The Devil's Advocate, a film that centers on a young lawyer who joins a prestigious New York law firm only to discover that his boss has an increasingly sinister personality. While Pacino is still in money negotiations, Reeves will get between $10-million and $11-million for the role. The picture is expected to start shooting in October with Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman) directing.
John Singleton is in talks to develop a modern-day version of the 1970s black detective film Shaft for MGM, which he will write, direct and produce. The original film won an Oscar for its Isaac Hayes theme song and starred Richard Roundtree as the black private eye, John Shaft, hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a Harlem gang lord. Two sequels have been made: Shaft in Africa and Shaft's Big Score, both featuring Roundtree in the title role. The TV series ran on CBS from 1973-74, also starring Roundtree.
Miramax's Dimension Films has purchased two scripts, The Ten and Bad Moon Rising, from Scott Rosenberg (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead). The deals could eventually bring Rosenberg more than $2-million, according to industry sources. The Ten is about a David Koresh-like cult leader who enlists a witch doctor to unleash the biblical 10 plagues of Egypt. The action centers on two law-enforcement agents who try to stop them. Bad Moon Rising, described as a "hip, funny, scary, modern take on the werewolf legend," focuses on a biker gang called the Lunar Cycles that invades a small Virginia town.
Tom Hanks' inaugural directorial effort, That Thing You Do!, will have its world premiere as the closing night film at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 5-14. Hanks wrote the script and stars in the story about a rock group that hits it big in the 1960s.
_ Entertainment News Wire