Janssen to ‘Seek’ Fox pic

Polson thriller currently lensing in Gotham

Famke Janssen will star opposite Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning in the 20th Century Fox’s “Hide and Seek.”

Thriller is currently lensing in New York under the helm of John Polson. An actor as well (“Mission: Impossible 2”), Polson is best known for directing the 2002 Fox thriller “Swimfan.”Written by Ari Schlossberg, “Hide” centers on a young girl who loses her mother at an early age. Her father soon discovers that she’s coping with the death in an unusual and ultimately terrifying way.

The Dutch-born Janssen has made a career tacking from big studio fare like the “X-Men” pics and Gary Fleder’s thriller “Don’t Say a Word,” opposite Michael Douglas, to made-on-a-dime indie pics like Jon Favreau’s “Made,” in which she co-starred with Favreau and Vince Vaughn. 

In keeping with the strategy, she’ll also be seen in Myriad Pictures’ “Eulogy” for director Michael ClancyDark comedy concerns three generations of a dysfunctional family who come together for the funeral of the clan patriarch. Artisan will distribute.

Fox’s “Hide” has not had the easiest of starts: Helmer Albert Hughes was to have directed the pic as his first outing as a solo director (Daily Variety, May 6) but walked away over what a studio spokesman billed as creative differences two months ago (Daily Variety, Aug. 28). With De Niro aboard with a pay-or-play offer, the studio forged ahead and offered the pic to Polson.

Fox had picked up the spec for producer Barry Josephson to produce in November (Daily Variety, Nov. 19). Overseen by senior VP Peter Kang and director of development Maria Faillace, project marks the third pic Josephson has set up at Fox, following “Battle World” and “Animal Control.” Josephson recently produced the comedy “Like Mike” for Fox, and he is producing the Coen brothers’ remake of “The Ladykillers” at Touchstone Pictures.

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