Millar to direct pic

NEW YORK — Having just wrapped “The Next Best Thing” with Rupert Everett, Madonna is on to the next thing, agreeing to star in “Quadrille,” an adaptation of the Noel Coward play scripted by Wesley Moore.

The film, which will be directed by Gavin Millar (“Dreamchild”), revolves around revenge plans gone awry. A philandering English aristocrat elopes to the south of France with the young wife of an American industrialist. His wife (Madonna) is so incensed that she teams up with the industrialist in pursuit of their spouses, hoping to bring them back to avert scandal. Along the way, the spurned spouses develop a kinship that leads to romance. The Coward stage play originated in New York.

The film is being produced by Moore, Steve Clark Hall, Eileen Quinn and John Williams, with Steve Tisch exec producing. Alibi Films Intl., the sales company fronted by Gareth Jones and Hilary Davis, will handle worldwide rights to the film, which will shoot early next year in London and France. The company was just awarded a film financing grant from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

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