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MGM, DePalma in suspense

Possible $10 mil sum for thriller spec script

Rumors swirled around MGM Wednesday about a deal in the works that could mean as much as $10 million for a spec script by Brian DePalma and Jay Cocks. The stratospheric sum would include DePalma’s fee as director of the thriller.

A studio spokeswoman gave a terse “No comment” when asked about the negotiations. A title for the pic could not be ascertained.

At CAA, where president Richard Lovett represents DePalma, a source said it was “premature” to discuss the pact being contemplated with MGM. “The deal’s not done yet,” the source said. “There’s nothing at the moment.”

DePalma, whose Paramount pic “Snake Eyes” with Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise is set for an August release, could not be reached for comment. His last picture was “Mission: Impossible” (1996), with “Carlito’s Way,” “The Untouchables” and “Body Double” among his other credits.

Cocks, a former critic with whom DePalma worked on the screenplay of “Ambrose Chapel,” wrote “Company of Angels,” “Strange Days” and “The Age of Innocence.”