De Niro eyeing UA’s ‘Ronin’

NEW YORK — Robert De Niro is in serious negotiations to star in “Ronin,” the John Frankenheimer-directed drama shooting this fall in Europe.

In the United Artists drama, De Niro would star as one of several CIA-type operatives who team up for private duty. Each member reveals his true self when things go awry on a difficult job and the team is double-crossed. The script was written by J.D. Zeik and pic will be produced by Frank Mancuso Jr. and Paul Kelmenson.

De Niro, currently starring in the ensemble “Cop Land,” will be part of three other high-profile ensemble films this fall. He stars in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Great Expectations” and Barry Levinson’s political satire “Wag the Dog.”

The film’s being put together quickly, as a high-profile project in the new regime of UA president Lindsay Doran. De Niro’s repped by CAA’s Fred Specktor.

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