Hughes returning to direct for Roth

Helmer hasn't helmed since 1991

This article was corrected on April 12, 2000.

John Hughes is in negotiations to helm a pic for Joe Roth’s still unnamed shingle in what would be his first time in the director’s chair since “Curly Sue” for Warner Bros. in 1991.

Chicago-based Hughes penned the untitled script and will produce it with Roth. Budget is in the $25 million range.

Roth and Hughes are tight-lipped about the storyline, but sources describe the pic as a “Breakfast Club”-type comedy.

The once-prolific writer-producer has been spending time working with his son James, away from the hub of Hollywood deal-making. The Hughes duo co-produced “New Port South,” a pic due in theaters later this year through the Mouse House. Screenplay was written by James.

As a director, Hughes’ credits include such pics as “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” His writing credits include all three “Home Alone” pics, which he also produced. At Disney, where Hughes still holds a first-look deal, he wrote and produced “101 Dalmatians” and “Flubber,” among other pics.

In 1997, Hughes split with his producing partner Ricardo Mestres. Both Mestres, through his Great Oaks Entertainment shingle, and Hughes, through Hughes Entertainment, retain first-look deals with Disney.

Roth is currently readying the Greg Poirier comedy “Tomcats” for a June start date.

Hughes is repped by CAA.

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