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Hughes off ‘Hide’; De Niro’s still in

Studio still committed to pic, reaffirms actor's attachment

Despite having spent three weeks prepping “Hide and Seek” for production at 20th Century Fox, Albert Hughes has walked away from the Robert De Niro starrer over what a studio spokesman billed “creative differences.”

Pic was to have been Hughes’ first outing as a solo director (Daily Variety, May 6). His other pics, including “American Pimp” and Fox’s “From Hell,” were co-directed with his brother Allen.

Star still in

A spokeswoman for the studio expressed its commitment to making the movie and reaffirmed De Niro’s attachment to the pic. This should come as no surprise, as insiders say De Niro’s multimillion dollar fee is a pay-or-play arrangement with Fox.

Fox had picked up the spec for producer Barry Josephson to produce in November (Daily Variety, Nov. 19). Overseen by senior VP Peter Kang and creative exec Maria Faillace, project marks the third pic Josephson has set up at Fox, following “Battle World” and “Animal Control.”

Story centers on a young girl who loses her mother at an early age. Her father discovers that she’s coping with the death of his spouse and her mother in an unusual and ultimately terrifying way. Script is by Ari Schlossberg, who is penning a remake of MGM’s “Witness to Murder.”

Josephson most recently produced the comedy “Like Mike” for Fox, and he is producing the Coen brothers’ remake of “The Ladykillers” at Touchstone Pictures.