‘Minutes’ clocked

Pacino set to topline Foley-helmed thriller

Emmett/Furla Films will finance and produce thriller “88 Minutes,” with Al Pacino set to star.

James Foley will direct pic from Gary Scott Thompson’s screenplay.

Budgeted at under $30 million, pic will start shooting in August in Vancouver.

Avi Lerner, Randall Emmett, George Furla and Thompson will produce. Danny Dimbort, Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short, Lawrence Bender and John Baldecchi will exec produce.

Pic is the second project to be put together under the previously announced production, finance and distribution arrangement between Millennium and Emmett/Furla Films.

In “Minutes,” a college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI receives a death threat that says he has only 88 minutes to live. To save his life, he must use all his skills and training to narrow down the possible suspects, which include a disgruntled student, a jilted former lover and a serial killer on death row.

Emmett/Furla and Millennium recently wrapped production on “Edison,” the feature debut of writer-director David Burke, starring Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake and Kevin Spacey.

Emmett/Furla is in post-production on “Love Song for Bobby Long,” starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson, and on “Control,” with Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Rodriguez.

Shingle is in early pre-production on “The Abominable Snowman,” which Emmett and Furla will produce with Ilya Salkind.

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