Pic comes into Focus

Abu-Assad to helm contempo drama

CANNES — “Paradise Now” helmer-scribe Hany Abu-Assad is writing and directing an untitled project for Focus Features.

Abu-Assad pitched the contemporary drama to Focus, which is working with him on the project and holds worldwide rights to the pic.

Focus senior VP of production Kahli Small is supervising development for production prexy John Lyons.

“Paradise Now” won a foreign-language Golden Globe and was the Palestinian Territories’ submission for foreign-language Oscar.

Upcoming Focus releases include Woody Allen’s “Scoop,” Phillip Noyce’s untitled pic starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke plus Allen Coulter’s “Hollywoodland” with Adrien Brody and Diane Lane.

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