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Riding into the ‘Sunset’

Ratner in talks to helm pic starring Brosnan, Hayek

A correction was made to this article on Aug. 8, 2003.

Brett Ratner will direct New Line’s “After the Sunset” as his next project, filling a spot vacated by John Stockwell last month.

“Sunset,” starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson, plans to start production in October. Pic follows Brosnan as a retired jewel thief living on a Caribbean island with gal pal Hayek. Harrelson plays an FBI agent who tracks him down.

“Sunset” would go before Ratner starts work on “Rush Hour 3,” making it unlikely that the next installment in that franchise could be ready before 2005. Ratner is also continuing to develop “Be Cool,” a sequel to “Get Shorty” for MGM.

New Line has an option on Ratner to direct a picture following “Rush Hour 2.” Ratner would fulfill that obligation with “Sunset.”

Script was written by Paul Zbyszewski and Craig Rosenberg.

Stockwell ankled in July, citing “creative differences,” to take on “Into the Blue” for MGM.

Beau Flynn of Firm Films is producing with Kent Alterman and Keith Goldberg overseeing for New Line.

Ratner is repped by CAA.