Douglas, Davis ready to carry out ‘Murder’

Michael Douglas has agreed to star in Warner Bros.’ “A Perfect Murder,” with Andy Davis signing on to direct, sources said. The agreements come after about a month of discussions between the two about pairing up (Daily Variety, June 24).

The film, loosely based on the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Dial M for Murder,” will go before the cameras Oct. 15.

“Dial M for Murder,” which starred Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings, was based on the Frederick Knott play about a husband who plots his wife’s murder, and the plan goes horribly awry.

“A Perfect Murder” is being produced by Arnold & Anne Kopelson and Peter MacGregor-Scott along with Chris Mankiewicz. The project will reteam Douglas and Davis with the Kopelsons. Davis directed the Kopelson and MacGregor-Scott-produced “The Fugitive,” which went on to gross $357 worldwide. The Kopelsons and MacGregor-Scott also collaborated on “Out for Justice.”

Douglas starred in “Falling Down” for the Kopelsons. Both “The Fugitive” and “Falling Down” were Warner Bros. projects.

Douglas had been attached to Paramount Pictures’ “The General’s Daughter,” but that project has not yet gotten a director.

Douglas next will be seen in Polygram Films’ “The Game” with Sean Penn. It bows Oct. 3. He last starred in “The Ghost and the Darkness.” Davis last directed “Chain Reaction” for 20th Century Fox.

Douglas is repped by CAA’s Richard Lovett and Davis is repped by that agency’s Michael Wimer.

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