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'Harry' helmer set for drama

Mike Newell will direct an untitled Western set in post-revolution Mexico for the Ruddy Morgan Organization.

RMO picked up the project out of turnaround from Universal.

Story is about a Native American ex-Marine bounty hunter sent to recover the missing horse of a rich American’s mistress.

Project, written by “Apocalypse Now” scribe John Milius, was set up at U for years under the soon-to-change name “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” and the studio still has “changed elements” rights that enable it to hop on board as a distributor once casting is in place.

“Wanted: Dead or Alive” was the name of Steve McQueen’s TV series that ran on CBS from 1958-61.

Ruddy will produce Newell’s pic with partner Andre Morgan and with Gus Gustawes.

The film is the first to be funded with Ruddy Morgan’s recently secured revolving credit line with the Bank of Ireland.

Newell’s at the helm of Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” In November, BAFTA L.A. fetes the “Donnie Brasco” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” director with its John Schlesinger Britannia Award for artistic excellence.

Al Ruddy won an Oscar this year for “Million Dollar Baby,” released by Warners.

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