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Cusack, Arkin ink for Tradewinds pic

Tradewinds Entertainment and John Cusack’s New Crime Prods. will join forces on “Arigo,” a $10 million to $15 million film starring Cusack and Alan Arkin. The project was announced Saturday.

A true-life story set in 1962, Cusack will play an ambitious journalist sent to Brazil to cover the trial of a man accused of witchcraft.

In a deal negotiated by Cassian Elwes — head of William Morris’ indie film division — Arkin will direct and play a supporting role in the pic, penned by Barbara Dana. Both joint heads of New Crime, Cusack and Steven Pink, will produce.

Tradewinds toppers John Alexander and Lars Bjorck, who control worldwide rights, said they hope to close a few pre-sales at AFM.

Alexander and Bjorck will exec produce along with Tradewinds principal Otelo Bettin Coltro, who is also owner of Brazilian distrib Playarte.

“Arigo” is scheduled to begin lensing in August.

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