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FX ‘Deliberate’ on pix intent

Hutton, McDaniel, Rifkin topline

NEW YORK — FX, one of the fastest growing cable networks in the U.S., has begun production on its first original movie, the $4 million-plus courtroom thriller “Deliberate Intent.”

Director Andy Wolk is now lensing the pic in Toronto. Starring Timothy Hutton, James McDaniel and Ron Rifkin, “Deliberate Intent” is a Jaffe-Braunstein production in association with Fox TV Studios.

Peter Liguori, president of FX Networks, said the cabler’s goal is to commission four movies per year –pics that will generate high-octane publicity for the net not only in the TV pages but “in the op-ed pages.”

“Deliberate Intent” concerns the legal case that led to the banning of a book called “The Hit Man Manual.” The prosecutor claimed a hired killer used the book as a guide to murdering a recording engineer’s wife and disabled child.

FX is hoping to produce movies that will receive Emmy nominations as well as generate an audience, Liguori said.

Last week, FX announced that it has signed for at least three made-fors over the next three years from Bob Cooper’s production company.

FX’s circulation has reached 47.3 million — still well below the 78.6 million of TBS, the 77.4 million of USA and the 77.3 million of TNT. But FX has added more than 9 million subscribers in just the last 14 months.

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