Col picks ‘Dick,’ talks to Parker

Skahill makes writing, helming debut

This article was corrected on Oct. 1, 2000.

Columbia Pictures has inked a deal to make Bix Skahill’s laffer “Life Without Dick,” and is in final negotiations with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Parker, star of HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy “Sex and the City,” will topline the romantic comedy, which centers on a woman who unwittingly falls in love with the hitman who was hired to kill her boyfriend.

Pic, a co-production between Immortal Films and Happy Dagger Pictures, will be produced by Happy Walters, Matthew Weaver and Emily Stevens and exec produced by Illeana Douglas.

Skahill, who will both write and make his helming debut directing “Life,” most recently penned the Bel Air/Warner Bros. pic “Shiny New Enemies” (aka “Chain of Fools”), which stars Steve Zahn, Jeff Goldblum, Salma Hayek and Orlando Jones. “Shiny,” was produced by Tony Lord, Weaver and Walters, and after getting to know Skahill, Weaver and Walters were eager to work on another project with him. The result, of course, is “Life Without Dick.”

Walters is producing the Jet Li starrer “Kiss of the Dragon,” which Li, Steve Chasman and helmer Luc Besson will produce together.

Talent in talks

Insiders familiar with the talks on “Life With Dick” said that Craig Ferguson (“Saving Grace”) and Elijah Wood (“Black and White,” “Chain of Fools”) are also in discussions to star.

Project is being supervised by Col prexy of production Peter Schlessel and by senior veepee of production Lori Furie.

Parker is repped by Creative Artists Agency; Skahill by Endeavor and attorney Warren Dern. Attorney Craig Emmanuel repped the producers in their deal with Columbia.

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