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‘Enchanted’ director eyes ‘Avon Man’

Kevin Lima in talks to helm Fox comedy starring Hugh Jackman

Director Kevin Lima is attached to direct 20th Century Fox’s comedy “Avon Man,” starring Hugh Jackman as a laid-off car dealer who turns to selling makeup.

If the project comes together quickly enough, Lima could begin lensing in early April, giving Jackman enough time to shoot the comedy before the actor heads for the set of DreamWorks’ “Real Steel” in June.

Scribe Kevin Bisch (“Hitch”) is penning the for “Avon Man,” based on a pitch he sold to the studio late last year with Jackman in mind for the lead (Daily Variety, July 15). Jackman is a producer on the pic.

In “Avon Man,” Jackman’s character — down-and-out after losing his job — uses his charms and good looks to become a top seller of beauty products. Soon, he schemes to save his family from financial ruin by convincing his buddies to join him and win a regional sales contest.

Producing with Jackman are Seed Prods.’ John Palermo and Krasnoff Foster Entertainment’s Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff. Chris Chase exec produces.

Lima, repped by WME, was last in theaters with “Enchanted.” Other past credits include “102 Dalmations.” He’s got several studio projects in development, including “Afterlife” at Fox 2000, “Candy Land” at Universal and “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” at Warner Bros.

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