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Director Mangold cops Miramax deal

CANNES — James Mangold, the helmer who jumped from the indie pic “Heavy” to directing Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming $28 million “Cop Land,” has inked a first-look deal with Miramax Films to bring two of his next three pics there.

Mangold, in Cannes over the weekend to promote “Cop Land” (formerly known as “Copland”), is writing and developing several projects that he will helm. Cathy Konrad, producer of “Cop Land,” “Scream” and “Citizen Ruth,” will produce the new pics with Mangold.

Mangold will set up offices in Los Angeles with Konrad and her eponymously named production company.

“Cop Land” is due out in August for Miramax. The pic, a drama about cops in New Jersey, stars De Niro, Stallone, Annabella Sciorra, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta.

The pic had been invited for competition at Cannes, but Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein pulled it because it wasn’t finished. Composer Howard Shore is currently finishing the film’s score in London.

Miramax put together and screened a 30-minute reel of the pic earlier in the fest. The Disney-owned indie also brought De Niro, Stallone, Sciorra and Mangold to the Hotel du Cap for a news conference Saturday.

“I love this guy,” Weinstein said. “This kid is the real deal.”

“Two great creative bonds were forged making ‘Cop Land,’ ” Mangold added. “I found an amazing producer, Cathy Konrad, with whom I will make my films. And I found a studio, Miramax, that believes in my voice and sees our projects as an important part of its future.”

Mangold’s new deal was brokered by Joanne Roberts Wiles of the William Morris Agency and Daniel Rappaport of 3 Arts Entertainment.

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