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Fisher Stevens to helm ‘American Pastoral’

Lakeshore, Sidney Kimmel producing pic based on Philip Roth novel

Fisher Stevens will direct “American Pastoral” for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment with production expected to begin early next year.

Pic is based on Philip Roth’s novel of the same name. Screenwriter John Romano (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) adapted the screenplay.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel. SKE president Jim Tauber and SKE president of Pproduction Matt Berenson are exec producing.

“American Pastoral” centers on Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and commits an act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

Lakeshore first attempted to develop “Pastoral” in 2003, picking it up when Paramount’s option lapsed and attaching Phillip Noyce to direct at that point.

The book is the first novel in Roth’s American postwar trilogy, followed by “I Married a Communist” and “The Human Stain,” which Lakeshore made into a 2003 film. Company also developed Roth’s “The Dying Animal” as “Elegy,” released in 2008.

Stevens is currently directing “Stand Up Guys,” starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin for SKE and Lakeshore Entertainment which Lionsgate will release.

He is represented by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.

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