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Sonnenfeld, Smith go ‘West’

LAS VEGAS — “Men in Black” director Barry Sonnenfeld and the film’s star Will Smith are reteaming for Warner Bros.’ feature film version of the TV series “Wild, Wild West.”

Sonnenfeld will direct, and negotiations have begun for Smith to star in the James T. West role made popular on television by Robert Conrad.

The project, which is being produced by Jon Peters Entertainment, is based on the popular CBS series that ran from 1965 through 1975, and still runs in syndication. The series starred Conrad and Ross Martin, who played West’s loyal and witty sidekick Artemus Gordon. Names that have been mentioned for the Gordon role are George Clooney and Johnny Depp.

An October start is planned for the project.

Sonnenfeld had been offered the project earlier this month (Daily Variety, Feb. 13). Sonnenfeld’s deal was sealed last Friday. Smith and Sonnenfeld took the stage Tuesday in ShoWest as Sonnenfeld became Smith’s straight man in a routine that entertained the attendees of the Sony luncheon.

Both Sonnenfeld and Smith are repped by CAA.

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