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Willis slings ‘Gundown’ deal

Bruce Willis, hot off his success in 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” is in final negotiations to star in Walter Hill’s “Gundown” for New Line Cinema, receiving what sources said is a whopping $16 million, with another $500,000 in perks.

“Gundown,” a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo,” was written and will be directed by Hill. The project is being produced by Arthur Sarkissian.

Sources said it was the William Morris Agency that got the project moving. WMA’s worldwide head of motion pictures, Arnold Rifkin, reps Willis; the agency’s senior VP/co-head of motion pictures, John Burnham, reps Hill; and Jim Crabbe, a WMA literary VP, reps Sarkissian. The deal is also being negotiated by New Line’s Gary Stutman, who recently joined the company from Morgan Creek.

Details of the deal are currently being worked out, but the project is expected to go before the cameras in mid-September for New Line’s summer 1996 slate.

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