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Schumacher a ‘Sleepwalker’

Helmer to direct pic after finishing Disney's 'Dragon'

NEW YORK — Intermedia has begun early talks with Joel Schumacher to direct “Sleepwalker,” a Nicholas Kazan-scripted remake of a Scandinavian thriller about a man whose penchant for nocturnal travel leads to the mysterious and possibly violent disappearance of his family. Project was set up by producer Mark Johnson under his first look deal at Intermedia.

The original film, directed by Johannes Runeborg, is reminiscent of the Chris Nolan-directed cult hit “Memento,” in that it relates a “Twilight Zone”-like reality with maddeningly few clues that slowly pull the story into focus.

Once a deal is made, Schumacher will direct the film after he completes for Disney “Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story,” the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced tale of the crusading Irish journo slain by mobsters. Cate Blanchett will play Guerin, with production to begin in February after she has a baby in November.

Schumacher has just completed two films, the Fox 2000 Colin Farrell starrer “Phone Booth” and the Anthony Hopkins/Chris Rock starrer “Bad Company,” for Disney and Bruckheimer. Latter pic opens in December.

Schumacher’s repped by CAA.

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