D’Works in turnaround

Prod'n cleans house after Cooper's exit

Just weeks after Bob Cooper ankled as production head of DreamWorks, the company is quickly putting some of his pet projects into turnaround.

“There are some of the things he bought that (the company) doesn’t believe in anymore,” said one source close to the process, adding that the offloading should be seen as part of a normal, overall effort to scale back the slate and focus on projects that can quickly be put on the front burner.

A DreamWorks rep agreed, saying “whatever few are in turnaround fall under the normal process of developing projects.”

Cooper, who championed the upcoming Annette Bening/Kevin Spacey starrer “American Beauty,” is understood to be setting up shop soon as an indie producer; it is not yet clear which projects, if any, he has been able to bring with him in his new venture.

The number of projects DreamWorks is discarding could not be verified, but it is thought to be about six.

Before departing DreamWorks in July, Cooper was briefly TriStar’s topper, after a long tenure heading up HBO Pictures.

Cooper could not be reached for comment Thursday.