Thesps follow ‘Tourist’ route

Jackman, McGregor, Williams go on trip for Fox

Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams are getting in bed for “The Tourist,” a psychological thriller set in clandestine Gotham sex clubs.

Production begins in New York on Oct. 13, with Marcel Langenegger making his feature directing debut.

Scripted by Mark Bomback, Jason Keller and Patrick Marber, “The Tourist” is produced by Seed Prods. partners Jackman and John Palermo and Cheyenne Enterprises’ Arnold Rifkin.

Put in turnaround by Fox because of its racy storyline, the film was financed independently. The coin was arranged by MRC, the film financing arm of Endeavor, where Jackman is a client. A domestic distribution deal will be made shortly.

Pic revolves around an accounting consultant who, while passing from one job to another, meets a charismatic, womanizing lawyer who personifies everything the numbers cruncher wishes he could be. The accountant delves into an erotic world of underground sex clubs.

Rifkin originated the film at Fox, and while that studio doesn’t put much into turnaround, Jackman and Palermo were able to extricate it through a relationship at the studio that includes an overall deal, plans to produce and star in the “X-Men” spinoff “Wolverine,” and a deal to star alongside Nicole Kidman in the Baz Luhrmann-directed period pic Fox puts into production next spring.

David Bushell and Robbie Brenner also are involved in producing capacities.

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