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Lakeshore Phils in slate with ‘Pastoral’

Roth has 3 projects in the works with co.

Lakeshore is taking on its third Philip Roth adaptation, picking up “American Pastoral” from turnaround and attaching Phillip Noyce to direct it.

Paramount and producer Lynda Obst had long developed the project, but when the option lapsed, the author entrusted it to Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Roth’s novels have never been considered easy adaptations, but he now has three with Lakeshore. The producer-financier is packaging “The Dying Animal,” and they partnered with Miramax to make “The Human Stain.”

Produced by the Lakeshore duo and Scott Steindorff, the Robert Benton-directed “Stain” stars Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise. Pic is targeting a September premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Sinise plays Nathan Zuckerman in “The Human Stain,” and that character is the narrator of “American Pastoral.” The novel is a large-scale film about the destruction of the American dream. Protag is Seymour “The Swede” Levov, a golden boy and star athlete, who becomes wealthy and marries the most beautiful woman in town. His perfect life comes crashing down when his loopy but beloved daughter engages in an act of terrorism.

Noyce, who last directed “The Quiet American” and “Rabbit Proof Fence,” sparked to the script by John Romano. Both are repped by Endeavor. Lakeshore will try to make the film next spring, and will offer it again to Paramount after it finds a star to play the Swede.