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May 20, 2007 6:03 AM
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iW NEWS | Roberts Leads New Working Title Slate

Working Title Films has announced an impressive slate of films, six of which will shoot this year and be distributed by various divisions of Universal Pictures. A freshly announced Julia Roberts project about the life of African wildlife conservationist Joan Root leads the list. Roberts will produce and star in the as-yet-untitled film, inspired by Mark Seal's Vanity Fair aticle, "A Flowering Evil." "Finding Neverland" writer David Magee is writing the screenplay. Working Title's additional list is lead off by the Coen brothers, shooting "Burn After Reading" later this summer. It stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and Frances McDormand. The Coens will follow it up with "A Serious Man." Both films are part of a deal with Focus Features and Working Title, with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner serving as producers. Pitt will also star in "State of Play," based on the BBC mini-series about the murder of a congressman's mistress. Kevin MacDonald will direct from Matthew Carnahan's screenplay. The other films include Ron Howard's adaptation of "Frost/Nixon," which Peter Morgan will adapt from his own play; "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," directed Paul Greengrass and set in the Iraq War; and Richard Curtis' directorial follow up to "Love, Actually," "The Boat That Rocked." Working Title has been co-chaired by Bevan and Fellner since 1992. Between them, they have produced 85 feature films, which have amassed $4 billion worldwide. Their current slate includes the anticipated "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," and Joe Wright's "Atonement." [Peter Knegt]

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