Deal Report

Deal Report

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

+ William H. Macy will lead a double life in Family Man, a ''quirky'' hour-long pilot for TNT. Macy stars as Todd Becker, an upstanding father of three by day and the leader of a gang of burglars by night. ''The lines between good and bad are very fuzzy,'' he says. Adds director Steven Schachter (The Wool Cap) : ''What appears to be perfect in society often has darker roots.'' But Macy's still keeping his hand in film. Up next: The Deal (tentatively titled), costarring Meg Ryan (''We're hoping to take it to Sundance''), and the Wild Hogs sequel (''I don't know much about the plot, but I'm down'').

+ American Idol judge Simon Cowell is producing a movie tentatively titled Star Struck, which will take a behind-the-scenes look at 10 contestants on an Idol-like reality series. ''If you're making a movie about kids trying to be successful now, you wouldn't set it in a high school like Fame,'' says Cowell, who wants to cast unknowns. ''You'd set it within a talent competition.'' — Additonal reporting by Margeaux Watson

Originally posted Aug 10, 2007 Published in issue #948 Aug 17, 2007 Order article reprints

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