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Hyde Park gets ‘Gambit’

Russell to star in Ripley thriller

Via its MGM discretionary fund, Hyde Park Entertainment has optioned novelist W.L. Ripley’s thriller “Springer’s Gambit,” with Kurt Russell attached to star.

Project was brought to MGM by Jay Cohen, who will produce with Russell, and Hyde Park toppers Ashok Amritraj and David Hoberman. Hyde Park’s Todd Lieberman will oversee the project for the shingle.

“This is very commercial material,” Amritraj told Daily Variety. “It’s a great director’s piece with great parts for actors.”

Hyde Park and the producers are interviewing scribes to adapt the novel.

In “Springer’s Gambit,” a Mob accountant turns to a former Secret Service agent for protection from the mobster who wants him dead and the cops who want him as a witness.

Hyde Park last released Angelina Jolie-Antonio Banderas starrer “Original Sin.” Next up is Barry Levinson’s “Bandits,” starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, due in theaters in October.

Ripley is repped by the Paul Kohner Agency.

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