Bui, Franchise in talks

Whitaker may star and produce

Tim Bui, brother of helmer Tony Bui (“Three Seasons”), is in advanced talks with Franchise Pictures to direct an untitled project.

The script was co-written by the Bui brothers. Pic will mark Tim Bui’s feature directorial debut.

Forest Whitaker is in talks to star and produce, while Franchise topper Elie Samaha and Tony Bui will also serve as producers.

Pic, set in California in 1975, revolves around a young Vietnamese boy and his sister who are sent to live in an orientation camp for refugees on California’s Camp Pendleton Marine base. Through their eyes, we witness the triumphs and hardships of life in the camp.

Tim Bui previously worked as a musicvid director.

Franchise Pictures’ upcoming films include “The Big Kahuna,” starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito; “Get Carter,” starring Sylvester Stallone; “Battlefield Earth,” starring John Travolta; “Art of War,” starring Wesley Snipes; and “The Whole Nine Yards,” which stars Bruce Willis, Rosanna Arquette, Natasha Henstridge and Matthew Perry.

The Buis are repped by CAA.

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