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'Gods and Generals' author says Deal close to produce movie

January 20, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The producers of the planned Civil War movie "Gods and Generals" are close to finalizing a deal with a major motion picture company, Jeff Shaara, the author of the book of the same name, said Thursday.

The name of the company that will fund the project probably will not be made for two to three months, said Shaara, associate producer of the film.

Shaara, who wrote the book "Gods and Generals" upon which the movie will be based, said the motion picture company's name probably won't be made public until after the major cast members have been hired.

"It's important for the production that we line up the actors before making a public announcement," Shaara said.

"It's better than letting out dribs and drabs (of information) to just make one announcement," he said.

Shaara said they are talking to "every A-list actor in Hollywood," about being in the movie.

The movie, which will chronicle the events leading up to the battle at Gettysburg, is expected to cost $20 million to $40 million.

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At least 60 percent of the movie is to be filmed in Washington County.

Shaara said plans are to begin filming in the late summer, and to release the movie in 2001.

He said it has not been determined whether the movie will appear first in theaters or on television.

"But we're pushing for the big screen," Shaara said.

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