Fox 2000 taps Apted for ‘Fools’ errand

Helmer Michael Apted, who most recently directed the Gene Hackman-Hugh Grant thriller “Extreme Measures,” has signed to direct “Fortune’s Fools” for Fox 2000.

Paul Schiff and Michael London of Horizon Pictures will produce the Eric Berquist-scripted, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”-like tale of a group of renegade LAPD cops who attempt to knock one another off after they learn that a crack addict, who doubles as a snitch for one of their cronies, holds a winning lottery ticket.

Horizon senior VP Wyck Godfrey also takes on co-producing chores on the pic. Fox 2000 exec VP Kevin McCormick will oversee the project for the Fox film division.

Apted has helmed nearly 30 films, including the acclaimed docu series “14 Up,” “21 Up,” “28 Up” and “35 Up.” The Brit helmed his first American film, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” in 1980, and subsequently has directed such films as “Gorky Park,” “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Class Action.”

Apted was repped on the deal by CAA agents Jane Sindell and John Ptak.

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