Gibson finds ‘Parker’ spot

It looks like Mel Gibson has found his next starring role with the action thriller “Parker,” which the actor has been developing through his Icon Prods. company for some time, sources said. The project would likely be set up as a co-production between Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Icon’s deal is split between both studios.

The project came to light after Gibson passed on “Pathfinder.” Penned by Brian Helgeland, “Parker” could go in September. Sources said the actor has been looking for a project with a fall start. “Parker” is based on “The Hunter,” a book written by Richard Stark. Sources said that there is no deal, but there are serious discussions taking place and that a deal is expected. The project would fulfill the actor’s committment to Paramount for his next picture.

After that, Gibson could step behind the camera for “Farenheit 451” or into TriStar Pictures’ “Endurance” for director Wolfgang Petersen. Both projects would likely go around February of next year. Gibson is repped by ICM’s Ed Limato. Helgeland by UTA’s Marty Bauer.

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