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Bollywood mate on board chess pic

'Move 5' intended as 'American pscychological thriller'

Bobby Newmyer and Jeff Silver of Outlaw Prods. have teamed with Bollywood producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra to make a psychological thriller revolving around a game of chess.

Chopra said “Move 5” would go into production this fall. He will produce and direct the pic, which he wrote

with Abhijit Joshi and Suketu Mehta. Newmyer and Silver will also produce with Scott Strauss.

Chopra told Daily Variety that the pic is not intended as a Bollywood crossover project along the lines of U’s “The Guru” but is instead a “mainstream American psychological thriller.” North America and Europe are the target audiences, with India viewed as a niche market.

Chopra said, “There is no role for an Indian. The movie has nothing to do with India. The only thing Indian about it is one of the props, an antique Indian chess set.”

Pic centers on a friendship between a master chess player and a detective, both of whom have suffered the death of a daughter. When the chess player is killed, the detective plunges into a quest to find out who did it. The answer lies in an unfinished game between the dead and the living.

“We were sent this script by his agents at Endeavor and we flipped for it,” Newmyer told Daily Variety. “We’re not going to be shopping this to studios until (Chopra) comes in from India.”

Chopra has directed some of Bollywood’s most successful films, including “Parinda,” “1942 — A Love Story” and “Mission Kashmir.”

Outlaw produced “Training Day” and, most recently, “National Security.” The shingle also produced Dimension Films’ upcoming “Mindhunters.”

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