MTV Films, Kilner ‘Spy’ deal

Yang, Henson to exec produce pic

This article was corrected on April 13, 2000.

Paramount Pictures’ MTV Films has inked a deal for British scribe and helmer Clare Kilner to direct its laffer “Spy Girl.”

Kilner developed a reputation helming episodes of the BBC crossover hit “The Eastenders,” and most recently had her comedy pic, “Janice Beard 45 WPM” — which she co-wrote with Ben Hopkins — as a featured selection at Cannes.

She will supervise John McLaughlin’s rewrite of “Spy Girl,” which centers on the exploits of a career CIA operative who is bringing up his young daughter to be a spy. While the storyline is fictionalized, pic is based on real characters.

“Spy Girl” is being executive produced by Manifest Films’ Janet Yang and Lisa Henson and co-produced by Gold’n Hen’s Joel Goldstein, Judy Henry and Dale E. Kaye. MTV Film’s Van Toffler will also likely exec produce, and MTV’s David Gale will also produce.

Kilner was repped by the Gersh Agency, her London-based agent Tracy Hyde of Cassarotto & Co. and attorney Linda Lichter.

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