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Donovan to don ‘Tuxedo’

Vanguard Films to produce director's debut pic

Kevin Donovan is being fitted for formal-wear: The commercials helmer will make his feature helming debut in “The Tuxedo” for DreamWorks Pictures.

Donovan is best known for directing TV spots with Cirque du Soleil for Wyndham Hotels and for Salon Selectives shampoo.

The actioner also has chop-socky crossover Jackie Chan (“Shanghai Noon,” “Rush Hour”) in final negotiations to topline.

“The Tuxedo” tells the story of an ordinary man who becomes an unstoppable force when he finds and begins wearing a high-tech tuxedo developed by the government for its clandestine operatives.

Donovan, a Toronto-based helmer, knows a thing or two about physicality: He’s a former gridironer from the Universtiy of Montana.

John Williams of DreamWorks-based Vanguard Films will produce the pic, which was acquired in a pitch in March 1999 from writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Williams was traveling to Cannes and was not available for comment.

DreamWorks execs Glenn Williamson and Marc Sourian will supervise the pic’s production for the studio.

Donovan continues to be repped for commercial work by the Bedford Falls company, but is repped for feature work by Creative Artists Agency.