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Director Matthau collects ‘Dust’

Director Charles Matthau has acquired the rights to Roy Frumkes and Rocco Simonelli’s script “Dust,” which is described as a cross between “Thelma & Louise” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”

Matthau’s purchase price reportedly included a $ 30,000 three-year option payment against a purchase price of $ 300,000.

The deal was negotiated by New York-based literary agent Rajeev Agarwal, who represented Frumkes and Simonelli.

“Dust” is an action-adventure about three women, ages 27, 42 and 63, who embark on a search for lost planes and cargo through the jungles outside of Bogota, Colombia.

The “Dust” deal is the first high-profile sale for Frumkes and Simonelli, who teach screenwriting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

They also are members of the National Board of Review.

As previously reported (Daily Variety, July 27), Matthau is currently shepherding Truman Capote’s “The Grass Harp” to the big screen.

The son of Walter Matthau, the 27-year-old filmmaker previously directed Cannon Pictures’ low-budget “Doin’ Time on Planet Earth.”

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