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U Inks Goodman For 3 Pix

Universal Pictures has signed John Goodman to a three-picture acting pact and a first-look deal for all features developed by the actor in which he may star and/or produce.

The agreement also is expected to encompass an overall deal with Universal Television for development and production of series and telefilms.

Goodman will base his offices on the Universal lot.

Studio officials declined to identify any of the three film projects, but said a number of properties are under consideration. Goodman has long been attached to Amblin/Universal’s live-action feature “The Flintstones,” which has been pushed back until next year, an Amblin spokesman confirmed.

MCA Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Pollock said Goodman’s next film, the first project to roll under the new pact, is set to go in late spring, during the actor’s hiatus from ABC’s “Roseanne” series.

Back to ‘Roseanne’

Goodman will return to the show, for which he has received two Emmy nominations as best actor in a comedy series, when it resumes lensing sometime in August.

His third film for Universal, “King Ralph,” bows nationwide Feb. 15. Goodman also will be seen this year in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Barton Fink,” being targeted for a fall release through 20th Century Fox.

Goodman appeared in two 1989 Universal pics, “Always,” directed by Steven Spielberg, and the Al Pacino-starrer “Sea Of Love.”

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