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Willis, Pfeiffer close on ‘Us’

Actors in advanced talks for roles in Reiner comedy

Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis are in late-stage talks to explore the ties that bind in Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy “The Story of Us” for Castle Rock Entertainment.

While the deals have not been finalized, sources said that negotiations between Castle Rock and Pfeiffer and Willis were far enough along that the actors’ reps have blocked out the November start of the film.

Pic, written by Alan Zweibel (“North”) and Jessie Nelson (“Corrina, Corrina”), has been described as “When Harry Met Sally” 15 years later. Willis would play Ben, a devoted husband and father of the couple’s 10- and 12-year old children. Pfeiffer plays Ben’s wife Katie, a loving mother who feels the relationship has hit a wall and needs to be resuscitated.

Zweibel and Reiner will produce, and Jeff Stott will exec produce.

The film is scheduled to be released domestically by Polygram Films and internationally by Warner Bros.

“The Story of Us,” which will be Reiner’s first directing stint since the 1996 historical drama “Ghosts of Mississippi,” is expected to go before the cameras Nov. 9, with some portions to be shot in Italy.

If the film sticks to its current start date, it is not clear what that would mean for “The Sixth Sense,” another Willis starring vehicle slated to go before the cameras in September for Hollywood Pictures. Willis’ agent, Arnold Rifkin of William Morris, was traveling and couldn’t be reached.

The role in “Story” would follow Willis’ starring stints in the upcoming “Armageddon” for Touchstone, Fox’s “Martial Law” and the indie “Breakfast of Champions,” which he also produced.

“The Story of Us” would mark the first time the stars have appeared together on screen. Pfeiffer most recently wrapped Fox Searchlight’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in which she co-starred as Titania.

The Oscar nominee (“The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Love Field”) next can be seen this fall in Mandalay’s “The Deep End of the Ocean” in which she starred under Ulu Grosbard’s helm.

Pfeiffer is repped by ICM’s Ed Limato.

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