Helmer off D’Works pic ‘Talisman’

Perelman will not direct King, Straub adaptation

Director Vadim Perelman has fallen off DreamWorks’ horror pic “The Talisman,” which was to be the helmer’s follow-up to his feature film debut “House of Sand and Fog,” released by DreamWorks in December.

“The decision was mutual to part ways on the project,” a DreamWorks spokeswoman said. “The studio remains committed to finding the best team for a film of this scope.”

Perelman’s publicist said that, to his knowledge, the helmer was never fully contracted to direct “Talisman.” “I don’t think it was ever firm,” he said.

DreamWorks says the negotiations were completed, and Perelman’s contact was sent out, but he had not signed — a not-uncommon practice in the business.

An emigre from the former Soviet Union, Perelman made his name as a commercials and musicvideo helmer before landing “House of Sand and Fog.”

Last year he signed a one-year, first-look deal at DreamWorks.

“The Talisman,” which is currently out to thesps, will continue moving ahead, according to the studio.

Script, based on a horror novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub, concerns a 12-year-old boy who goes on a supernatural journey in order to find the talisman that can save his mother, who is dying from lung cancer.

Steven Spielberg is exec producing the pic. Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Colin Wilson are producing.