Avnet to direct ’88 Minutes’

Jon Avnet has come aboard to direct the Al Pacino starrer “88 Minutes.” The drama is set for an Oct. 15 start in Vancouver. Emmett, Lerner and Gary Thompson will produce with Avnet. Scripted by Thompson, who hatched “The Fast and the Furious” and created the NBC series “Las Vegas,” “88 Minutes” focuses on a college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. The professor must use his sleuthing skills to save his hide after he’s told that he’ll be killed in 88 minutes.

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