U taps Hill to helm ‘Red’

Walter Hill plans to next direct Andrew Kevin Walker’s cop drama “Red White Black and Blue” for Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and producer Oliver Stone for Universal Pictures, sources said.

The filmmakers are eyeing Woody Harrelson and Vince Vaughn to star in the 1970s story about three vice cops who are set up for a murder they didn’t commit and must fight to clear their names. Insiders described the story as “The French Connection” meets “The Mod Squad” (the third cop is female).

Harrelson previously starred for Stone in “Natural Born Killers” and the Stone-produced “The People Vs. Larry Flynt.” Vaughn starred in “Swingers” and “Lost World.” Walker is best known for writing “Seven,” which starred Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.

If all goes as planned, the project, which will also be produced by Dan Halsted, will go before the cameras in February from a script rewritten most recently by Hill.

“Red White Black and Blue” had previously been in development at Paramount Pictures, but was put into turnaround about a month ago.

Hill last directed “Last Man Standing” for New Line Cinema and “Wild Bill” for United Artists. WMA’s John Burnham reps Hill.

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