‘BIRD’ FEATHERS NEST

Hoffman, Dunst cash in for Redeemable pic

CANNES — Gaby Hoffmann (“Everyone Says I Love You”) and Kirsten Dunst (“Mother Night”) will star in Redeemable Features’ “The Hairy Bird,” which begins lensing next month in Toronto, sources said Saturday.

“Bird” is being financed by Canada’s Alliance Communications. Written and directed by “Impromptu” scribe Sarah Kernochan, pic is about a girls’ boarding school in the 1960s whose students are resisting efforts to make the campus co-educational.

Pic will be produced by Redeemable’s Ira Deutchman, the former Fine Line Features prexy, and Peter Newman (“Smoke,” “The Secret of Roan Inish”). Deutchman teamed up with Newman and Greg Johnson in February after his two-year, first-look deal with New Line Cinema expired.

Sources said Redeemable also plans to adapt the William Kennedy novel “Legs” for the bigscreen.

And the company formally announced that director Milos Forman will executive produce “Way Past Cool,” the feature directorial debut of Adam Davidson. In 1991, Davidson’s short “The Lunch Date” won both an Oscar and the Cannes fest’s Palme d’Or for short pics.

Davidson has been working on the screenplay for “Cool” with scribe Yale Caisse and Jess Mowry, who wrote the novel of the same title about a group of inner-city kids.

Redeemable’s first production, “Kiss Me Guido,” was acquired earlier this year by Paramount Pictures for more than $1 million following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Redeemable’s ongoing projects include Alan Rudolph’s “Investigating Sex,” about a group of surrealists living in turn-of-the-century Paris, Doug Tirola’s romantic comedy “Lucky Strikes,” Nancy Savoca’s Janis Joplin biopic starring Lili Taylor for TriStar, and John McNaughton’s “Veeck as in Wreck,” starring Bill Murray for Warner Bros.

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