Inside Move: WB may put arm around Gill

Stratus prexy in talks to join studio's classics dept.

Mark Gill has emerged as the leading candidate to head Warner Bros. Pictures’ long-gestating classics division.

Though no deal has been announced with the former Miramax L.A. chief, negotiations are in an advanced stage.

Gill is president of Stratus Films. Backed by real-estate mogul Bob Yari, the freshly minted shingle inked a three-year, first-look co-financing and distribution pact with Universal’s Focus Features just last month.

Gill may exit that post as early as week’s end.

Senior Warners execs would not confirm Gill’s imminent hire, but admitted talks are ongoing.

If hired, Gill would report to Warner production prexy Jeff Robinov.

It’s unclear if Stratus would hire a successor. Even though Warners’ specialty division has yet to be launched, the studio has already identified several possible pics to be released under the new shingle.

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These include the Colin Farrell starrer “Home at the End of the World” and Section Eight’s omnibus pic “Eros” and “Criminal,” an English-language remake of the Argentinian pic “Nine Queens.”

Headed by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, the Warners-based Section Eight is expected to have a strong voice in the classics division. At one point, Section Eight was even eyed to run it. However, that would have proved limiting, given the shingle’s ambitious production slate that includes such upcoming fare as “Ocean’s Twelve.”