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Leder, D’Works drawn toward brotherly ‘Love’

Helmer's brother's spec script gets mid- against high-six figures

HOLLYWOOD — After tackling nuclear terrorism, global destruction and emergency medical procedures, director Mimi Leder may turn her attention to “The Glory of Love,” a comedy written by her brother Reuben Leder.

DreamWorks just acquired the spec script for a mid- against high-six figures for producer Richard Gladstein, and Leder, who helmed DreamWorks’ blockbuster “Deep Impact,” is attached to direct the pic.

“Glory’s” twisting plot centers on a nebisheh bank executive who falls in love with a hit-woman hired to kill him after he discovers his boss is stealing from the company.

Near handshake

According to a DreamWorks spokeswoman, the script acquisition is still subject to “closing other elements of the deal,” but insiders said it was all but certain to go through.

Margaret French Issac is the DreamWorks exec overseeing the project. Gary Binkow is the exec-producer.

Vet producer Gladstein produced the Lasse Hallstrom-helmed adaptation of John Irving’s “Cider House Rules,” which Miramax will release in November. His other recent credits include “She’s All That,” “Hurly Burly” and “54.”

Mimi Leder, the Emmy Award-winning co-exec producer of NBC’s “ER,” made her feature directing debut on DreamWorks’ first release “The Peacemaker.”

Other collaborations

The Leder siblings also have plans to collaborate on “Sentimental Journey,” with Mimi directing Reuben’s script. It’s the story of their father, who as a WWII G.I. met their Belgian mother-to-be in a Nazi death camp.

Reuben’s other credits include “Nightland” which producer Lawrence Bender recently bought out of his discretionary fund.

Reuben Leder was repped in the deal by APA’s David Saunders, Jewerl Ross and Lee Dinstman. He’s managed by Don Klein. Mimi Leder is repped by CAA’s Byrdie Lifson-Pompan.

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