Rudin, BBC push ‘Play’ together

Bidding war surrounded mini's big screen adaptation

Producer Scott Rudin and BBC Films are finalizing a seven-figure deal to give feature treatment to “State of Play,” the British miniseries about the intersection of politics and journalism.

Deal is being finalized after a bidding battle between Rudin and several other parties.

Rudin will produce with BBC Films head David Thompson.

Paul Abbott, who wrote the mini, will serve as exec producer.

Story revolves around a member of parliament and his former campaign manager-turned journalist.

The close friends find themselves on opposite sides after the pol’s research assistant and mistress turns up dead.

Speculation is that the tale will be Americanized in the style of “All the President’s Men,” as journalists try to be tough in unraveling a conspiracy, without being insensitive to the possibility that headlines can destroy lives and careers.

“State of Play” is airing now on BBC America, but there has been interest in a film transfer since it bowed last year.

Abbott initially was reluctant to sell the rights because he didn’t see a way to compress his six-hour tale into a feature a third that length. Doing justice to such a miniseries is not unprecedented, however, as evidenced by “Traffic.”

A writer will be hired quickly to jumpstart the process.

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