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Fox to co-finance, distrib ‘Lincoln’ o’seas

Spielberg's presidential biopic gets international partner

Twentieth Century Fox is coming onboard to co-finance Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and distribute the pic internationally.

Disney will remain onboard the project as a domestic distributor for the DreamWorks film through its Touchstone banner.

“Lincoln” marks the second Spielberg pic in the works for Fox. In September, the studio boarded the helmer’s sci-fi adaptation “Robopocalypse,” which it will also distribute overseas. Disney will release that film domestically as well.

Based on “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, “Lincoln” is expected to focus on the political collusion of Lincoln and the powerful men of his Cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War. John Logan and Paul Webb wrote the original script, which scribe Tony Kushner later revised.

Participant Media also came on board as a co-financier in October. Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy will produce.

Spielberg has wanted to make a film about the 16th president since 2001, when DreamWorks bought the rights to Goodwin’s book, published in 2006. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian earned acclaim for the tome’s fresh stance on Union strategies for ending the Civil War.

Daniel Day-Lewis is attached to play Lincoln, supported by thesps including Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Pic is set for a December release.

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