Williams plot ‘Insomnia’ role

Pacino, Swank already commited to pic

Robin Williams is in negotiations to play the role of the villain in the Alcon/Warner Bros. remake “Insomnia” from director Christopher Nolan (“Memento”).

Al Pacino and Hilary Swank have previously committed to star in the psychological thriller. Pacino will play a police detective who accidentally kills his partner while investigating a homicide in a small Alaska town.

The cop gets blackmailed by the killer (Williams) he was investigating and is forced to pin the murders on an innocent. Swank plays a green police detective who begins to suspect Pacino’s character of foul play.

The Hillary Seitz-scripted remake of the 1997 Norwegian film begins shooting April 9 in Vancouver. The project, budgeted near $50 million, will be produced by Paul Witt and Ed McDonnell with Alcon partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Section Eight’s Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney will exec produce with Tony Thomas and Charles Schlissel. Warner Bros. exec VP Kevin McCormick is overseeing the project with Alcon production VP Kira Davis and production exec Derek Guiley.

Williams most recently toplined Fox Searchlight’s upcoming “One Hour Photo,” an urban psychological thriller written by musicvideo helmer Mark Romanek and produced by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler’s Killer Films, and the upcoming comedy “Death to Smoochy,” for producer Andrew Lazar and director Danny DeVito.

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