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Scribe duo master heist pic for Par

Project based on memoirs of jewel thief Mason

A correction was made to this article on Nov. 10, 2004.

Paramount is in talks to hire the screenwriting team of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to adapt “Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief,” set up with Christine Peters at her CFP Prods.

Project’s based on the memoirs of Bill Mason, who co-wrote with Lee Gruenfeld. Mason stole over $35 million in jewels from the inner circles of high society over the course of three decades while maintaining an outwardly conventional life. Among those victimized were Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Robert Goulet, Truman Capote, Armand Hammer and Johnny Weismuller.

Peters acquired films rights out of her own pocket in April. Par senior VP Wendy Japhet and director of development Eben Davidson will oversee for the studio while CFP prexy Bradford Smith will supervise for the shingle.

Clement and Le Frenais, who teamed on “The Commitments,” are writing Beatles project “All You Need Is Love” for Revolution. They’re also attached along with director Harold Becker to “Baker Street,” based on the original heist that inspired the pic “Ocean’s Eleven.”

Peters, a producer on “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” is also developing the sequel “How to Tell He’s Not the One in 10 Days,” along with “Fashionistas,” “Area 51” and “Fear & Respect.”

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