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Donen to helm telepic ‘Love Letters’

Vet brings five decades' experience to small screen

Film director Stanley Donen will make his TV directing debut next season with the two-hour telepic “Love Letters,” based on A.R. Gurney’s international hit play of the same title. Production begins in Toronto in September.

Martin Starger (“Sophie’s Choice,” “On Golden Pond”) and Leonard Goldberg (“Sleeping With the Enemy,” “War Games”) will exec produce the telepic, which will explore the lifelong relationship between a man and a woman who fell in love as children.

“Stanley Donen has created some of the most memorable moments on film, spanning five decades,” Susan Lynne, exec VP of movies and miniseries at ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We are honored and excited that he has chosen to bring his formidable talents to our production of ‘Love Letters.’ ”

Donen, whose last movie was “Blame it on Rio” (1984), directed such film classics as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “On the Town,” “Funny Face” and “Charade.” He was awarded an honorary Oscar this past March that recognized his lifetime contribution to film.

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