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Col takes shot at ‘S.W.A.T.’

Project based on Alphabet skein from the '70s

Colin Farrell, currently co-starring in “Minority Report,” has inked to play Officer Jim Street in Columbia Pictures’ “S.W.A.T.” Farrell’s payday, knowledgeable insiders say, approaches $8 million for the Col pic.

“S.W.A.T.” will be produced by the Col-based Neal Moritz via his Original Film banner. Moritz most recently produced the Revolution Studios actioner “XXX,” starring Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson, the latter of whom came aboard to topline “S.W.A.T.” in May. Moritz also produced Universal’s 2001 actioner “The Fast and the Furious” that starred Diesel and Paul Walker.

Project, based on the 1975-1976 ABC skein of the same name, was set up as a feature at TriStar Pictures in the late 1990s with Arnold Schwarzenegger eyeing the supercop role. More recently, commercials helmer Zack Snyder was poised to make his feature debut on the pic, but that deal did not come to pass.

Task will now fall to actor-helmer Clark Johnson, who cut his teeth starring on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Johnson just helmed the pilot for HBO cop skein “The Wire,” having also directed the cabler’s 2001 civil rights era telepic “Boycott.” Script for “S.W.A.T.” comes from David Ayer, who penned both Moritz’s “Fast and the Furious” as well as the Denzel Washington-toplined police drama “Training Day.”

Farrell on the rise

Having risen to prominence for his work in Joel Schumacher’s 2000 Fox/New Regency pic “Tigerland,” Farrell has been steadily climbing the leading man ladder, toplining opposite Bruce Willis in MGM’s “Hart’s War” and Tom Cruise in “Minority Report.” He also rejoined Schumacher to star in Fox’s thriller “Phone Booth” as a man pinned down in a sniper’s line of fire.

Project is being overseen by Columbia’s exec VP Amy Baer, reporting to president of production Peter Schlessel and Col chair Amy Pascal.

Farrell is being repped in the deal by Creative Artists Agency and attorney Steve Warren. Johnson is repped by United Talent Agency, Jackson by International Creative Management.

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