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One Hughes brother ‘Hide’ bound

'Hell' helmer to tackle Schlossberg pic

In what will represent his first outing as a solo director, Albert Hughes (“From Hell”) is in advanced negotiations to helm the thriller “Hide and Seek” at Fox 2000 Pictures.

Studio had picked up the spec for producer Barry Josephson to produce last November (Daily Variety, Nov. 19). Project, being overseen by senior VP Peter Kang and creative exec Maria Faillace, 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.

Hughes, with his brother Allen, directed the 1999 docu “American Pimp” and the 1995 actioner “Dead Presidents” for Disney’s Hollywood Pictures.

Pic was Ari Schlossberg’s first spec sale, though he’d penned adaptations of Carl Hiassen’s “Lucky You” for Stanley Jaffe and William Pene du Bois’ “21 Balloons” for the Henson Co. He’d also recently been hired to pen a remake of “Witness to Murder” at MGM.

Josephson most recently produced the comedy “Like Mike” for the studio, and is in pre-production on the Coen brothers’ “The Ladykillers” at Touchstone.