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Red light for ‘Speakeasy’

Principal photography on 2nd Greenlight title to wrap

HOLLYWOOD — With none of the fanfare that accompanied the first Project Greenlight title, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Liveplanet Prods. today will wrap “Speakeasy,” the second project to stem from its much-publicized screenwriting competition.

Written and directed by tyro filmmaker Brendan Murphy, pic is the story of a random accident that brings together a struggling magician, his estranged wife, her deaf father, a quack psychiatrist and a mysterious stranger.

“Speakeasy” stars David Strathairn (“Blue Car”), Nicky Katt (“Full Frontal”), Stacy Edwards (“In The Company of Men”) and Christopher McDonald (“Requiem For A Dream”).

Producers are Damon, Affleck, Chris Moore and Jeff Balis. Principal photography was expected to wrap today in Los Angeles.

“Speakeasy” was the runner-up to Pete Jones’ “Stolen Summer” in the Project Greenlight competition held in early 2001 by HBO, Miramax Films and Liveplanet. While Liveplanet had no obligation to produce the second-place project, they liked the script and the Benderspink-repped Murphy enough to independently finance the low-budget film.

HBO, Miramax and Liveplanet plan to announce the second season of “Project Greenlight” early next month.

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