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McTiernan eyes UA’s ‘Rollerball,’ ‘Quiller’

Producer to remake roller-derby pic, make mystery

It looks like the “Rollerball” is in John McTiernan’s court.

The producer-director is in negotiations with United Artists to develop a remake of the 1975 actioner-on-skates. McTiernan is also in discussions over development of the “Quiller” mystery book series for UA.

McTiernan is coming off directing UA’s remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” The developments in the “Rollerball” project come in the wake of the studio’s enthusiasm over “Crown,” which is set for release Aug. 11.

“We had a terrific experience working with John on ‘Thomas Crown,’ ” said UA exec veep of production Jeff Kleeman. “He’s one of those rare directors who can do masterful work in any genre. Any project we have, we’d love McTiernan to be involved with.”

McTiernan is managed by AMG’s Michael Menchel.

Adapted from William Harrison’s “Roller Ball Murders,” the original “Rollerball,” directed by Norman Jewison, starred James Caan as a player of a spectacularly violent roller derby-style sport in the 21st century.

UA acquired the rights to the 18 “Quiller” mystery books with producer Gary Lucchesi in 1994. The books were written by Elleston Trevor under the pseudonym Adam Hall. One of those books, “The Quiller Memorandum,” was made into a film starring George Segal as the secret agent in 1966.