‘Word’ is go for Douglas and Fleder

Long in development, New Regency says yes

Late Friday, Michael Douglas and Gary Fleder (“Kiss the Girls”) said yes to the thriller “Don’t Say a Word” and that was good enough for New Regency to flash the greenlight and send the pic into production for a Nov. 29 start.

Script, based on the novel by Andrew Klaven, was in development with Arnon Milchon’s New Regency for more than five years. Twentieth Century Fox, with whom New Regency is partnered, will distribute the pic, which will be 100% financed by New Regency.

Arnold Kopelson will produce. New Regency prexy of production Sanford Panitch and senior veep of production Peter Cramer will oversee the project for the shingle.

Story, which takes place in New York, centers on a Gotham shrink whose daughter is kidnapped.

Long in development

New Regency had been developing the script while they were equity partners with Warner Bros., then brought it to Fox when the company aligned itself with that studio.

While numerous writers contributed drafts, scribe Tony Peckham wrote an early draft and penned a subsequent rewrite.

Outside of “Kiss the Girls,” Fleder has directed such pics as “Imposter” and “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.”

Douglas, who starred in Paramount’s “Wonder Boys” earlier in the year, can next be seen opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in USA Films’ “Traffic,” helmed by Steven Soderbergh, and USA Films’ “One Night at McCools,” helmed by Harold Zwart.

Douglas and Fleder are repped by the William Morris Agency. Peckham is repped by Paradigm.

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