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Beineix flying with ‘Earhart’

Fine Line entering casting for novel adaptation

French director Jean-Jacques Beineix has stepped into the cockpit of Fine Line’s “I Was Amelia Earhart,” the adaptation of the 1996 Jane Mendelsohn novel which has been rewritten by Lynn Grossman.

Fine Line and producers Harry and Mary Jane Ufland will now cast the drama.

“I Was Amelia Earhart” mixes history and fiction to chronicle the exploits of the famed aviatrix, leading up to her final ill-fated attempt to fly around the world. The novel then veers into a fictional flight pattern, inventing a romance between Earhart and her co-pilot when they land on a deserted island.

Pic nearly flew with Fred Schepisi and Julianne Moore in the role of the famed flier, but was grounded due to scheduling and other matters. The project has long been considered one of the plums of the film company, ever since radio titan Don Imus raved about the novel and his lawyer, New Line topper Michael Lynne, cornered the film rights.

The ICM-repped Beineix is best known for the films “Betty Blue” and “Diva,” and recently scored a hit with “Mortal Transfer.”

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