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It takes a ‘Thief’

Par sets up 'Jewel' for Clement, La Frenais

Paramount Pictures 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.

The project is based on the memoirs of Bill Mason, who co-wrote with Lee Gruenfeld and stole over $35 million of jewels from the inner circles of high society over three decades. Mason stole from celebs such as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Robert Goulet, Truman Capote, Armand Hammer and Johnny Weismuller while maintaining an outwardly conventional life.

Peters acquired films rights in April out of her own pocket. Paramount senior VP Wendy Japhet and director of development Even 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 the 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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