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Paramount, Rudin prep ‘Clay’

'Hours' duo reteams as Daldry joins producer

Paramount Pictures is negotiating with Stephen Daldry to direct Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” Chabon adapted the novel for the screen.

Pic will reteam Daldry with Paramount and producer Scott Rudin. They are coming off “The Hours,” the adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that was just named best picture by the National Board of Review and figures to be a player in the Oscar race with its cast of Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.

Daldry, who came to prominence directing “Billy Elliot,” is also attached to work with Rudin at Par on another prestigious book adaptation, the National Book Award-winning Jonathan Franzen novel “The Corrections.” That film is being adapted by David Hare, who also scripted “The Hours.”

Daldry is expected to move right into “Kavalier & Clay,” then return to “The Corrections.”

The studio invested in “Kavalier & Clay” long before its critical acclaim. Rudin, who had produced the adaptation of Chabon’s “Wonder Boys,” bought it based on a short proposal, much the way he did Chabon’s next novel, “Hatzeplatz.”

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