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Warners readies live-action version of ‘Spy’

Ron Howard is attached to direct pic

Warner Bros. has launched development of a live-action version of “Spy vs. Spy” with Ron Howard attached to direct and produce through Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer.

David Koepp will also produce. John Kamps has been tapped to pen the screenplay. The project’s based on the long-running Mad Magazine cartoon by Antonio Prohias, a Cuban refugee who penned 241 strips for Mad between 1961 and 1987 in which the spies — one dressed in white and the other in black — were constantly battling each other.

Howard’s also in early discussions to direct “Rush,” the Formula 1 biopic written by “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan. He’s also attached to direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series, which is rumored to be possibly stalled due to budgetary and creative concerns.

Koepp, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriters, teamed with Kamps on scripting “Ghost Town” and the upcoming “Premium Rush.” Koepp directed both pics.

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