Spyglass taps ‘Farm’ hands

Pacino, Farrell to star in suspense thriller

NEW YORK — Al Pacino and Colin Farrell have committed to star in Spyglass suspense thriller “The Farm,” with Jamie Foley in negotiations to direct them this November. Touchstone will distribute the film.

Pacino committed last Friday, which started the dealmaking process on a $5 million offer made to Farrell over a month ago. During a summer in which young stars Reese Witherspoon and Vin Diesel saw their salaries as much as quadruple, Farrell effectively doubles a $2.5 million price quote; that’s remarkable given that, unlike the other two, he hasn’t yet toplined a big hit. Farrell became a coveted actor off the small Joel Schumacher-directed ensemble drama “Tigerland,” which convinced studios he had the chops and looks to become a major young star.

He got the lead in the Schumacher-directed “Phone Booth” for Fox 2000, and then was cast to star alongside Bruce Willis in the Greg Hoblit-directed MGM WWII prison camp drama “Hart’s War.” If that wasn’t enough, Farrell then got the plum assignment of starring alongside Tom Cruise in the Steven Spielberg-directed Fox/DreamWorks drama “Minority Report” when Matt Damon fell out.

Farrell, who’ll next be seen topping the ensemble cast of the Morgan Creek Western “American Outlaws,” had “The Farm” atop a slew of offers, but only chose it when Pacino agreed to co-star.

“The Farm,” whose most recent draft came from scripter Mitch Glazer, revolves around a young CIA operative (Farrell) and his complicated relationship with a mentor (Pacino) who double crosses him. Spyglass partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber are producing the film with Jeff Apple. Touchstone’s Nina Jacobson and Jeff Clifford are shepherding the project.

Pacino, who’ll next be seen in the Miramax-distributed “People I Know,” just wrapped “Insomnia,” the Alcon remake of the 1997 Norwegian film. The remake was helmed by “Memento” director Christopher Nolan and co-stars Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.

The actors and director are repped by CAA, with Farrell also repped by the Dublin-based Lisa Richards Agency.

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