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In this corner, Mailer helming ‘Ringside’

He’s featured in interviews in the boxing docu “When We Were Kings.” Now, novelist-pugilist-auteur Norman Mailer is going another round: He’s attached to direct the fictional boxing drama “Ringside,” based on an original script co-written by his son Michael, Pamela Thur and Brendan Kelly.

Halle Berry, Anthony Quinn and Paul Sorvino are attached to star in the film, to be produced by Daniel Bigel and Michael Mailer of New York-based Bigel/Mailer Films. The male lead character, an Irish-American boxer, has yet to be cast. The producers hope to begin shooting in April, contingent on the male lead’s availability.

Kushner-Locke is in advanced talks with the filmmakers to finance the $3.5 million production.

“It’s the story of a streetfighter who finds redemption through his relationships in and outside the ring,” explains Michael Mailer, once the captain of his Harvard boxing team who says, “I grew up with the sport.”

“Ringside” is Norman Mailer’s first directorial effort since the 1987 film “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” and the first collaboration between the seventysomething writer and his son.

In addition to “Tough Guys,” Mailer, author of “The Naked and the Dead” and “The Executioner’s Song” among others, directed three cinema verite pictures in the late ’60s and early ’70s — “Maidstone,” “Beyond the Law” and “Wild 90.”

Bigel/Mailer just wrapped shooting on James Toback’s “Two Girls and a Guy,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham and Natasha Wagner. Ed Pressman and Chris Hanley produced the pic, and Bigel and Mailer exec produced.

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