Monday, May 23, 2005

The Chancellor Manuscript

Paramount Pictures has bought Robert Ludlum's political thriller The Chancellor Manuscript to adapt into a feature to star Leonardo DiCaprio, reports Variety.

The film will be produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, whose Red Wagon will produce with DiCaprio's Appian
Way and the Ludlum estate.


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The buy is the biggest book deal of the year so far. Along with $4 million for the book, the studio will be spending more than $1 million for an adaptation by Michael Seitzman, who scripted the Charlize Theron-starrer Class Action.

DiCaprio will play Peter Chancellor, who turns in a novel about D.C. power brokers who are blackmailed into altering U.S. policies. When some operatives get hold of the manuscript, they think he has uncovered their actual scheme and they try to hunt the author down.

Seitzman also wrote Brad Pitt vehicle The Sparrow and will direct his script Storming the Court for Warner Bros.

"(With) Leonardo in the role of a man of action -- and a romantic element thrown in -- it becomes a very attractive film," Wick said.


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