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Pic pair ‘Sleep’ together

'Croupier' duo join for Preston-penned gang drama

Director Mike Hodges will reteam with his “Croupier” star Clive Owen on the noir thriller “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” with Paramount Classics acquiring domestic distribution and certain international territories.

Pic begins production in September and is slated for a late 2003 release.

Written by Trevor Preston, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” tells of a former gang boss who is drawn back into the game to avenge his brother’s sordid and tragic death.

Pic also stars Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Malcolm McDowell.

Mike Kaplan will produce the film. Revere Pictures’ Michael Corrente and Roger Marino exec produce. Seven Arts Intl. will handle foreign sales.

Hodges also directed the original “Get Carter,” starring Michael Caine.

Owen is starring opposite Angelina Jolie in “Beyond Borders” and was most recently seen in Robert Altman’s award-winning ensembler “Gosford Park.”

In addition to North America, Paramount Classics acquired the pic for Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Latin America and the Middle East.