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Ottman adds helming to other duties

Editor, composer takes on 'Legend'

Film editor and composer John Ottman (“The Usual Suspects”) is in final talks to helm and score “Urban Legend 2” for Phoenix Pictures.

The pic would mark Ottman’s first stint behind the camera after editing and scoring “Suspects” and “Apt Pupil” for helmer Bryan Singer and Phoenix. Other credits include scoring the company’s upcoming “Lake Placid” and writing the theme to the short-lived TV remake of “Fantasy Island” on ABC.

A deal is expected to be inked this week. Pic begins shooting before the end of the year. No cast has yet been selected.

The original “Urban Legend” production team of Neal H. Moritz, Gina Matthews and Brad Luff will produce the sequel.

Nick Osborne will exec produce. Christy Prunier and Nick Morton will oversee for Phoenix.

“I hope to have fun with the genre as I am getting my feet wet,” said Ottman. “Musically, it should also be a very fun score to write, if I’m still breathing.”

Original pic, budgeted at $14 million, earned Sony more than $38 million.

Although plot details are being kept under wraps, second pic will not be a sequel but a stand-alone pic, described as a “young person’s Hitchcockian thriller instead of a slasher,” centered around urban legends.

Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman penned the script. The duo also scripted “Darkness Falling,” which Singer is attached to produce for Sony. They are currently writing a “Hellraiser” sequel for Dimension.

The original focused on a killer who dispatches college students by enacting various urban legends.

Ottman is also set to score Fox’s “X-Men,” set for Christmas 2000, which Singer is also directing. Pic begins shooting in September.

“X-Men is very important to me,” Ottman said, “and I am excited about being a creative part of the film and giving it the score of my life.”

Ottman is repped in the deals by ICM and manager Lynn Benjamin of Kraft Benjamin.

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