New York politics bring Castle Rock to ‘City Hall’

Castle Rock Entertainment has cast its vote to pick up the option on “City Hall,” the Harold Becker-helmed pic about New York politics, sources said Thursday.

The indie took over the pic, which has been described as a “‘Network’-type drama,” after Paramount let its option lapse.

Talks with Tom Cruise to star have dissolved, said Pat Kingsley, Cruise’s publicist.

But Becker, tied to a non-exclusive first-look deal with Castle Rock since “Malice,” is still attached as director. Ed Pressman, Ken Lipper and Becker are producers.

Becker signed on with “City Hall” while it was still at Par, before he inked his deal with the Rock. The helmer said he was “delighted” to be working with Castle Rock after having “such a good experience” with “Malice.”

“It’s really a great project to fall into our laps,” Castle Rock prexy Martin Shafer said. “We like the script. We like the project and we like Harold.”

Shafer said Castle Rock took over the undisclosed payment to scripter Bo Goldman.

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