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Barker goes Wilde for ‘Good Woman’

Hunt to star in pic inspired by 'Windermere'

Helen Hunt will topline “A Good Woman,” playing a seductress who steals the husband of a younger woman played by Scarlett Johansson.

Pic, to be directed by Michael Barker (“Best Laid Plans”), will shoot in Sorrento, Italy, in October.

The film marks the first feature the Oscar and Tony-winning actress has made since “Curse of the Jade Scorpion” and “What Women Want.”

Scripted by Howard Himelstein, “A Good Woman” is inspired by the Oscar Wilde play “Lady Windermere’s Fan.”

Hunt just starred on Broadway alongside John Turturro in “Life Times Three” and will do “A Good Woman” right after she completes the Fred Schepisi-directed HBO adaptation of the Richard Russo novel “Empire Falls.”

Johansson just starred with John Travolta in “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” and “The Perfect Score” and “Girl With a Purple Earring.”

Barker was brought into the project by Alan Greenspan, who’s producing with Jonathan English and Steve Siebert. Barker most recently completed “To Kill a King,” a drama about British conqueror Oliver Cromwell that stars Rupert Everett, Dougray Scott and Tim Roth.

“A Good Woman” has not yet been shopped for distribution. Financing has been arranged through a mix of equity funding and foreign presales. Committed players include Luxemboug-based Thema Prods., London-based Magic Hour and Matrix, and Spain-based Kanzaman. Pic will be a co-production with Italian-based Buskin Films principals Antonio Guadalupi and Robert Bussi.

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