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Sutherland may cop TV role

Conrad, George joining cast

In what would be his first regular smallscreen gig, thesp Kiefer Sutherland is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming TV series adaptation of the Oscar-winning pic “L.A. Confidential.”

Sutherland is set to play Hollywood cop Jack Vincennes, a role filled by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 film. The skein takes place several years before the timeframe depicted in the pic, so it’s possible Sutherland’s Vincennes will be a slightly different character than the one portrayed by Spacey.

Warner Bros. Television is producing the tube version of “Confidential” in association with New Regency Television. Fox Broadcasting has committed to a pilot for the skein, which was originally developed for HBO (Daily Variety, Sept. 20).

Feature slate

Sutherland still has an active feature slate in the works. He’ll next be seen with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone in Alfonso Arau’s “Picking Up the Pieces.” He’s also completed production on “Beat,” in which he stars as author William S. Burroughs opposite Courtney Love.

Sutherland’s deal for “Confidential” is being brokered by ICM and managers Suzan Bymel and Erwin More.

In addition to Sutherland, David Conrad has been cast in “Confidential” as clean-cut college-educated cop Ed Exley while Melissa George is set to play prostitute Lynn Bracken. Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger, respectively, originated those roles in the pic.

Waylon Green is serving as exec producer of the “Confidential” pilot, with Eric Laneuville set to direct.

TV sightings

Sutherland has made just a handful of television appearances during his career. He directed and starred in the 1993 Showtime original pic “Last Light” and made a guest appearance on the cable net’s limited drama series “Fallen Angels.” He also had roles in two 1986 telepics, “Brotherhood of Justice” and “Trapped in Silence,” as well as a seg of NBC’s “Amazing Stories.”

Since his role in the 1983 pic “Max Dugan Returns,” Sutherland has starred in more than 40 theatrical releases, including “Stand by Me,” “At Close Range,” “The Lost Boys,” “Young Guns,” “Young Guns II,” “Bright Lights, Big City” and “1969.”

Sutherland’s major films this decade have included “Flatliners,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Cowboy Way” and “A Time to Kill.” He starred in and directed 1997’s “Truth or Consequences, N.M.”

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