Buddy answers DeVito’s prayers

Roadshow, WB to split costs on Clooney starrer

NEW YORK — “Out of Sight” duo George Clooney and Danny DeVito are back in action: Clooney is in talks to star in the Danny DeVito-helmed “Revelation” for Village Roadshow, Canton Co. and Warner Bros.

“Revelation,” with a screenplay by Michael Petroni (“The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”), is about an internal-affairs officer who takes a bullet during the attempted assassination of a cardinal. Clooney would play the internal affairs officer whose search for the assassin parallels his own religious journey.

DeVito’s relationship with Clooney extends back to the 1998 pic “Out of Sight,” which DeVito produced through his Jersey Films banner and in which Clooney starred.

DeVito’s close relationship with the thesp was said to be a factor in getting Clooney interested in “Revelation.” DeVito will direct for the first time in over four years; his last effort was the 1996 children’s film “Matilda.”

Costs split

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. will split development and production costs on “Revelation.” Village Roadshow prexy of production Bernie Goldmann will oversee the project for the company, and Village Roadshow chairman/CEO Bruce Berman will exec produce.

Clooney will next be seen in WB’s “The Perfect Storm” opposite Mark Walhberg. Pic is helmed by Wolfgang Petersen and set for release on July 4th.

The thesp is also attached to play Danny Ocean in Village Roadshow and Warner Bros.’ ensemble comedy “Ocean’s Eleven,” reteaming with “Out of Sight” helmer Steven Soderbergh.

Clooney would star in “Revelation” — aimed for a September start date — prior to beginning “Ocean’s Eleven,” which has been pushed to start sometime early next year. He is repped by CAA.

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