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‘Year’ on Scott’s calendar

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Ridley Scott will direct the adaptation of Peter Mayle’s upcoming novel, “A Good Year,” for Fox 2000 and has signed “Serendipity” scribe Marc Klein to write the script.

Scott plans to make “A Good Year” his next picture, which will be produced through his Scott Free. He is shooting Crusades drama “Kingdom of Heaven” in Morocco for 20th Century Fox.

“A Good Year” is the story of a failing London banker who moves to Provence after inheriting a vineyard, only to encounter a beautiful Californian who has her own claim on the estate. Knopf will publish the novel June 1.

The project began when Scott wanted to direct a picture set in Provence and Scott Free prexy Lisa Ellzey recommended Mayle, the bestselling author of a half-dozen books set in the south of France. As it turned out, Scott knew Mayle: They had been colleagues in the London ad world.

Mayle said he didn’t pen screenplays, so Scott suggested he write another novel, one that would be adapted. Mayle wrote “A Good Year” under his Knopf contract after working with Scott to hammer out a treatment for the story.

Klein came to “A Good Year” after Scott read his adaptation of Melissa Banks’ “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” which is now being developed by Odd Lot Entertainment as “My Old Man.”

Klein also adapted the remake of “My Wife Is a Gangster,” which is slated for production at Miramax later this year.

Fox 2000 execs Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Farrell oversee the project with Scott Free’s Ellzey and London-based Julie Payne. Ellzey and Payne will also produce in some capacity.

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