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Soderbergh to helm Clooney

'Sex' helmer to go 'Out' with 'E.R.' star

Steven Soderbergh has been set to direct George Clooney in Universal Pictures’ “Out of Sight,” sources said. The director had the inside track to helm the project, which was adapted by Scott Frank from the bestselling novel by Elmore Leonard.

The pic is being produced by Jersey Films’ Michael Shamberg, Danny DeVito and Stacey Sher. DeVito, Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle are all being talked up to sign on to the film, which is targeting an October start.

A reading expected to include those actors is scheduled to take place in about a week. “Out of Sight” follows a bank robber (Clooney) who escapes from prison and takes a female federal marshal hostage. After spending time together in the trunk of a car, the two fall in love. It is only later that she is put on the manhunt assigned to track him down.

Soderbergh is best known for his film “sex, lies and videotape.” His credits also include “King of the Hill,” “Kafka,” “The Underneath” and the upcoming “Schizopolis.” He is repped by manager Pat Dollard.

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