CRUDUP POURS CUP OF MIRAMAX ‘CIDER’

NEW YORK — Billy Crudup is in talks to star in Michael Winterbottom’s film adaptation of John Irving’s “The Cider House Rules” for Miramax Films, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Irving penned his own adaptation of the story of a young man who finds himself irrevocably tied to the New England orphanage where he grew up, and the abortionist doctor who runs it.

“Reservoir Dogs” producer Richard Gladstein is producing. Miramax plans to have the project before cameras later this year.

Winterbottom’s “Sarajevo,” which is in post-production, opens in the fall for Miramax. Another recent feature credit was “Jude,” which played at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

Chewing on Chekhov

Crudup is currently appearing on Broadway with Amy Irving, Lili Taylor and Jeanne Tripplehorn in the Chekhov play “Three Sisters.” His Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” two years ago won him several honors, including the 1995 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Clarence Derwent Award from Actors Equity.

The thesp segued to the screen last fall with Barry Levinson’s “Sleepers, and is currently appearing in Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You.” Crudup will next star with Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix in Pat O’Connor’s “Inventing the Abbots,” which opens in April. He recently completed filming the lead role in the Cruise/Wagner production of “Pre,” about the legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine.

Crudup is repped by Karen Friedman of CAA and attorney Ira Schreck of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz.

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