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Disney cuts it Close

Thesp inks deal for features, telepix

Glenn Close’s Trillium Prods. has inked an exclusive first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios to develop and produce features and TV telepics, Disney confirmed Monday.

Close will choose several of the projects to topline as a thesp.

Disney was eager to work with Close again after her 1996 performance as Cruella De Vil in the live-action version of “101 Dalmatians.”

But the five-time Oscar nominee wanted to secure her production company with a deal. Among the projects Close is developing are two features and one TV pic:

– “Dark Horse,” a feature based on a novel by Rumer Godden that will be adapted by Colin Welland (Oscar winner for “Chariots of Fire”).

– “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains,” a pic based on the diaries of Isabella L. Bird and scripted by Mark St. Germain.

– “The Journey of a Country Doctor,” a TV movie based on a “Nightline” segment with scribe Laura Palmer.

She’s also developing a potential sitcom, but details were not revealed on it.

“She has proven herself to have great instincts for quality material and, in addition, all of her productions have reflected an unparalleled degree of excellence in all artistic categories,” said David Vogel, prexy of Disney and Hollywood Pictures.

Close worked as an exec producer on the telepic “Sarah, Plain and Tall” and the drama “Broken Hearts, Broken Homes,” as well as associate producer on the docu “Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?”

Her credits as a thesp include “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” “The Natural,” “Jagged Edge,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Dangerous Liaisons.”

Trillium’s director of development in L.A. is Lori Dorn.

CAA and attorney Marc Chamlin of Loeb & Loeb brokered the deal for Close.

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