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Lopez charmin’ ‘Carmen’

U nabs 'Moulin' co-scribe Pearce's pitch

Singer and actor Jennifer Lopez will both star and produce an update of “Carmen,” inspired by Prosper Merimee’s classic 19th century short story for Universal Pictures.

Project, which had been in development at Absolute Entertainment, pairs Lopez with “Moulin Rouge” co-scribe Craig Pearce for a thorough reimagining and modernizing of the classic tale about a Gypsy temptress who proves the undoing of a Spanish soldier. Over the last few weeks, Pearce has traveled to New York, Havana, Miami and Madrid researching the pic, a pitch for which U brass were quick to snap up after the scribe delivered a superlative draft of “Jesus Christ Superstar” for the studio.

Julio Caro, who last produced Lopez starrer “The Cell” at New Line, will produce the pic with Lopez and Handprint Entertainment’s Benny Medina. Absolute’s Marcus Morton and Handprint partner David Guillod will exec produce the pic. Caro is on a roll lately, having also recently set up “Foxy Brown” with Halle Berry attached to star and “Deadbeat Detective” with Bernie Mac toplining — both at MGM, where Absolute hangs its shingle.

U’s production exec Ali Brecker and co-prexy Scott Stuber will oversee its development for the studio.

Both Pearce and Lopez were repped in the deal by International Creative Management, with Lopez managed by Handprint Entertainment.