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Price right for ‘Ikiru’

'Ransom' writer to tell of a man who discovers he's dying

DreamWorks is negotiating with Richard Price to script a remake of the 1952 Akira Kurosawa film “Ikiru” as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks.

Remake was brought to DreamWorks late last year by Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff, who’ll produce with Walter Parkes.

“Ikiru” is the story of a low-level bureaucrat who learns that he has terminal stomach cancer and tries to have some impact on the world. In Kurosawa’s version, the man decides to use his skills to build a park.

Price wrote “Ransom,” “Sea of Love” and “The Color of Money” and has authored novels including “Clockers,” “Freedomland” and “The Wanderers.” Knopf just published his latest novel, “Samaritan,” which was set up at Paramount with producer Scott Rudin for $2 million last year.

Price will begin work on “Ikiru” right after he turns in his script for a Rudin-produced untitled project that reteams Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme for the first time since both won Oscars for “The Silence of the Lambs.” He’s repped by Geoffrey Sanford.

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Hanks appeared in two projects last year for DreamWorks, “The Road to Perdition” and “Catch Me if You Can.” He’s shooting the Robert Zemeckis-directed “Polar Express,” then will do the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed remake of “The Ladykillers” for Disney. He then reteams with “Saving Private Ryan” helmer Steven Spielberg in the DreamWorks drama “Terminal.”

“Ikiru” is expected to be made next year.

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