Duo will ‘Fade’ into pic

Greene Street seals deal at Cannes

Billy Bob Thornton and Kate Beckinsale are near deals to star in “Fade Out,” a thriller written by Michael Cristofer.

Cristofer will direct, and shooting begins June 28 in Nova Scotia. Greene Street will finance the film.

Thornton will play a screenwriter with schizophrenia. He lives with his wife in a desolate New England coastal town and when he begins to write a script that mirrors his everyday life, the lines blur between fiction and reality. Beckinsale will play his wife.

“Fade Out” will be produced by Geyer Kosinski, along with Greene Street’s John Penotti and Fisher Stevens.

The deal was sealed at the Cannes Film Festival, where Thornton is helping Dimension with the overseas launch of “Bad Santa.”

Thornton, who recently wrapped the lead role in the Peter Berg-directed “Friday Night Lights” for Imagine and Universal, will start the film right after finishing the Harold Ramis-directed “Ice Harvest.”

Beckinsale, currently in “Van Helsing,” will next be seen in “The Aviator.”

Cristofer most recently scripted “Casanova,” the Lasse Hallstrom-directed film that stars Heath Ledger.

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