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MTV has Jonze for helmer

On the heels of his feature directorial debut, “Being John Malkovich,” Spike Jonze is in discussions with MTV about creating a series for the music cabler.

Sources say Jonze is close to signing a deal to develop a series called “Jack Ass,” but MTV refused to comment. Meanwhile, “Metropolis,” the half-hour paranormal cop series that Jonze was developing for Sci-Fi Channel is no longer in the works.

“The project is no longer happening. Spike got too busy,” a Sci-Fi spokeswoman said. Sci-Fi signed Jonze to the deal prior to the release of “Malkovich.”

Jonze has had a long-term relationship with MTV. Before directing “Malkovich” and playing a role before the cameras in “Three Kings,” Jonze made a name for himself directing innovative videos for artists such as REM, Bjork and the Beastie Boys. In 1995, he won four MTV Music Video Awards for a video he directed for Weezer.

The MTV show wouldn’t be Jonze’s first TV effort. He previously directed segments of the short-lived lifestyle series “Hi-Octane,” which aired on Comedy Central in 1995.

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