Devlin to make helming bow for Centropolis

Centropolis Entertainment has used its discretionary fund to acquire Larry Cohen’s “Cellular” for $750,000.

Centropolis principals Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin will switch hats on the thriller: Emmerich, who helmed “Independence Day” and the upcoming Revolutionary War drama “The Patriot,” will produce; longtime partner Devlin will make his helming debut.

“I don’t know if I’ll be any good at it, but I’m anxious to try,” said Devlin. “We’d like to set this up for the first quarter of 2000.”

Despite the fact that Centropolis, which is based at Columbia, used its discretionary fund, Sony Pictures Entertainment will still get a first look at the material.

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Cohen’s other recent effort, “Phone Booth,” was sold to Fox and is being developed with the Hughes brothers attached to helm.

“Cellular” revolves around a chance call from a woman on a cell phone claiming to have been kidnapped. Unsure of her location but convinced she’s headed for a quick demise, she frantically convinces the call’s recipient to mount a search for her before she — and her battery — both expire.

Earlier this year, Centropolis acquired Cohen’s Victorian thriller “Cast of Characters.” Pic remains in development without a director attached.

Centropolis and Cohen were both repped in the deal by Creative Artists Agency.

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