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Goorjian knot for ‘Beatrice’

Actor-screenwriter to make directorial debut

Emmett/Furla Films and Evolution Entertainment are in final negotiations with actor Michael Goorjian (“SLC Punk”) to make his feature directorial debut with “Beatrice.”

Goorjian, who also wrote the script, and Michelle Williams (“Dawson’s Creek”) are in final negotiations to star. Producers are Randall Emmett, George Furla and Evolution’s Steve Fenton. Mark Burg, Oren Koules and M. Dal Walton will exec produce, while Victoria Burrows will co-produce.

“Beatrice” tells the story of a mysterious and disturbed young man who, after escaping from a mental institution, makes his way to the coastal town of Mendocino to end his life. But on the night that he had planned to commit suicide, he reunites with his childhood friend.

Busy sked

Goorjian recently appeared in “Do Not Disturb” opposite William Hurt, Denis Leary and Jennifer Tilly. He starred in “The Invisibles,” opposite Portia De Rossi, and his performance in “David’s Mother” opposite Kirstie Alley won him the 1994 supporting actor Emmy.

Outside of her work on “Dawson’s Creek,” Williams next appears in “Prozac Nation” and Michael Mymer’s digital and improvisational indie feature “Perfume.” She was recently seen in HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk II” and starred in Columbia Pictures/Phoenix Pictures “Dick.”

Slate set

Under its Family Room Entertainment banner, Emmett/Furla most recently teamed with Evolution Entertainment to produce “Good Advice” with Charles Sheen and Denise Richards, slated to begin production next month. Family Room is currently lensing “Ticker” with Steven Seagal and Tom Sizemore. Evolution will produce the Denzel Washington starrer “John Q” for New Line, with Nick Cassavetes helming.

Goorjian’s deal is being brokered by Steven Fenton of Evolution Entertainment, Lee Keele of the Gersh Agency, and Michael Fuller of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker and Levine.

Williams’ deal is being negotiated by Greg Siegel of Endeavor, Jason Weinberg of Untitled Entertainment and attorney Ken Richmond.

Rick Rosenthal of Grakal, Root & Rosenthal, along with Walton are negotiating on behalf of the producers.

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