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Wyle, Hall join ‘Pirates’

Pic on frontline of Apple-Microsoft war

NEW YORK — TNT will begin production in October on the vidpic “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” about the technological race between rivals Apple Computer and Microsoft, according to sources close to the production.

“ER” star Noah Wyle is in negotiations to portray Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, Wyle’s rep said. Anthony Michael Hall has signed on to play Microsoft founder (and richest person on the planet) Bill Gates.

It’s anticipated that Joseph Slotnick will play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, although a contract has yet to be signed. Slotnick appeared in “Twister” and TV’s “The Single Guy.”

Wyle is repped by IFA and attorney Geoff Oblath.

Steven Haft, whose credits include “Dead Poets Society,” and Nick Lombardo will executive produce the script by Joseph Dougherty and Martyn Burke, who will also helm the two-hour film. Burke’s credits include “The Second Civil War,” while Dougherty was a writer for “thirtysomething.”

A TNT rep confirmed that the cabler has been aggressively developing the project but declined to elaborate.

“The Pirates of Silicon Valley,” which is a working title, will use a variety of source materials to tell the true story of the rise of the computer visionaries, their fierce battles and how the fledgling computer empire has changed the world.

The TNT Original movie will premiere next year.

Julie Weitz, executive VP of original programming for TNT, heads the cable net’s film development. Weitz, through a TNT rep, declined to be interviewed.

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