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Freeman feeling ‘Blue’ at Sundance

Director Morgan J. Freeman, whose debut film “Hurricane” was a multi-awarded crowd pleaser at Sundance ’97, is bringing a spanking new project to Sundance ’98: “Desert Blue.”

Freeman will direct and co-write the pic, and a raft of young actors are on board, including Sara Gilbert (“Poison Ivy,” TV’s “Roseanne”), Christina Ricci (“The Addams Family,” “The Ice Storm”) and Brendan Sexton Jr., who starred in “Hurricane” for Freeman. Since the script, described as a “post-modern cross between ‘Fargo’ and ‘Rashomon,’ ” has a large number of players, other casting notices are likely to occur.

Andrea Sperling and Nadia Leonelli are producing the project on a modest sub-$5 million budget. The production squad has already fielded some initial Stateside and foreign distribution offers, but they are going to Sundance in the hope of striking a deal with a major or a major’s arthouse unit.

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