Stiller taps Linardos, eyes ‘Sammy Run’

NEW YORK — Ben Stiller, who recently made a deal to base his Red Hour Productions at Fox 2000, has hired George Linardos to run it. Linardos, who most recently was Uma Thurman’s producing partner, will produce films with Stiller.

Before pairing with Thurman, Linardos served as a development executive for Oliver Stone at Ixtlan, where he helped develop “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Killer: A Journal of Murder,” getting associate producer credit on each. Linardos also oversaw development on HBO’s “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” which won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award.

Stiller, who’s starring in “Permanent Midnight” for Live Entertainment, is moving ahead with Jerry Stahl on the Warner Bros. adaptation of the Budd Schulberg novel “What Makes Sammy Run,” in which Stiller is expected to star as the Hollywood hustler Sammy Glick for producer Gene Kirkwood.

They’ve delivered the script, but Stiller and Stahl will have to make one significant revision. Glick’s ruthless rise through Hollywood is narrated by three Hollywood icons, one of whom was to be Robert Mitchum, who just passed away. The other narrators called for in the script are Mickey Rooney and Charlton Heston. Stiller also just finished starring with Bill Pullman in Jake Kasdan’s directorial debut for Castle Rock, “Zero Effect.”

For Red Hour, Stiller has also hired Mia Apatow to serve as creative executive, with Andrew Lwin and Jennifer Hopkins as assistants. He’s managed by Molly Madden of 3 Arts Entertainment.

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