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MGM inks ‘True’ scribe

Pic centers on a senator, his wife and messiah wannabe

With an eye toward creating a star vehicle for Bruce Willis, MGM Pictures has tapped “Die Hard II” scribe Doug Richardson to adapt his own novel, “True Believers.” Willis and Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises will produce the picture.

“True Believers” is a thriller about a senator who has his eye on the White House; his wife, who is eyeing motherhood; and a prisoner on death row who wants to be the messiah. This psychotic has a league of “true believers” who will do his bidding — and in this case, he wants them to kidnap and artifically inseminate the senator’s wife, so that a “messiah” can live on after his death.

Richardson, who also penned the screenplays “Bad Boys” and Money Train” and another novel, “Dark Horse,” is repped by the William Morris Agency.

MGM and Cheyenne are on a roll of late, writing a high six-figure check to option the Robert Crais novel “Hostage” as another potential Willis starrer (Daily Variety, April 30).

Willis stars in MGM’s upcoming “Bandits,” directed by Barry Levinson and slated for a fall release.