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Schumacher on ‘Popcorn’

Joel Schumacher has put aside “Gossip” as his next directorial project and now will helm U.K. comic Ben Elton’s “Popcorn” for Warner Bros., sources said.

The project, which is being adapted by Elton from his own novel, is expected to go forward in September after promotional activities are over for the Schumacher-directed “Batman and Robin.”

“Popcorn” is described as a smart, comic, yet brutal send-up of Hollywood, whose main character is a director with a cult following who must come to terms about facing his own responsibilities to society.

Schumacher now will only produce on Warner Bros.’ “Gossip.” Written by Greg Poirier, “Gossip” is an ensemble drama set on a college campus and follows the events that happen after someone intentionally starts a rumor.

Elton is a comic who works often with fellow British comedian Rowan Atkinson. “Popcorn” was published in the U.K. and debuted at No. 1 in the Sunday Times, becoming a bestseller. The book is not yet published Stateside.

“Batman and Robin” wraps in about two weeks. Schumacher, whose other credits include “A Time to Kill” and “Batman Forever,” is repped by CAA.

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