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Inside Move: Opting out of ‘Monkey’ biz

Franchise nixes pic due to other grifter-themed movies

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have scrapped plans to star in “Monkeyface” for Franchise Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. It was to be directed by Stephen Frears, who directed Zeta-Jones in “High Fidelity.”

A Warners spokesperson said Franchise chose not to move forward with the pic because the shingle had concerns about Warners releasing several other grifter-themed movies, including “Matchstick Men” and “Ocean’s 12.”

A Franchise spokesperson had no comment.

Set in the milieu of a Miami racetrack, pic was to go into production this fall. Laura Bickford, who teamed with the thesps on “Traffic,” was the producer.

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