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Telling the ‘Truth’: Charles in charge

Commercials helmer to direct Perez-penned liar pic

A correction was made to this article on August 12, 2003.

HOLLYWOOD — “Comedian” documaker Christian Charles is getting serious about feature directing.

The commercials helmer is in negotiations to helm New Line Cinema feature “Nothing but the Truth,” a laffer about a chronic fibber who finds himself forced to live out all his outrageous lies — from running a major corporation to being a homosexual.

Original script by Yoni Berkovits and Tony Dreannan entitled “Nothing But the Truth.” is being rewritten by Mark Perez (“The Country Bears”), and is being polished by Tom Gammill and Max Pross.

Mark Canton and Sean O’Keefe of Artists Production Group are producing the pic, with New Line Cinema execs Matt Moore and Cale Boyter overseeing the project.

Charles’ Miramax Films-distribbed docu “Comedian” grossed just over $2.75 million in release last year. Pic followed Jerry Seinfeld on his quest to invent a new standup act on the road after he abandoned his old routine. He got Seinfeld to agree to being shadowed after directing the American Express commercials that showcased the comic triumphing over the mundane irritations of life using his Amex card.

It’s not clear who’ll topline “Nothing,” but insiders at New Line say the studio is very keen on putting Shia LaBeouf to work on the movie, having just inked a blind deal with the teen thesp.

LaBeouf recently completed lensing on Miramax’s “The Battle of Shaker Heights,” the creation of which is being chronicled on HBO skein “Project Greenlight.”

Charles is repped by the William Morris Agency and managed by Anonymous Content.