Niccol to direct film about surrealist painter

Al Pacino will play artist Salvador Dali in “Dali & I: The Surreal Story,” with Andrew Niccol directing. Room 9 Entertainment has set a June start date in New York and Spain.

Niccol, who previously directed Pacino in “Simone,” is rewriting a John Salvati-scripted adaptation of the Stan Lauryssen book “Dali and I.” Pic’s produced by Room 9 partners David O. Sacks, Daniel Brunt and Michael R. Newman, who are coming off “Thank You for Smoking.”

The film covers the latter days of Dali and Niccol said that was when the surrealist painter decided to take his career in a most surreal direction. He felt that Pacino understood the subject.

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