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Zemeckis to direct BEOWULF

Oscar-winning director attached to new project

By Patrick Sauriol     January 21, 2005
Source: Variety

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Robert Zemeckis poses on arrivals at the premiere of The Polar Express copyright Sue Schneider
© 2004 Sue Schneider
Director Robert Zemeckis (THE POLAR EXPRESS, BACK TO THE FUTURE) will helm a new remake of the epic tale of BEOWULF from a script by Neil Gaiman (PRINCESS MONONOKE) and Roger Avary (PULP FICTION). Zemeckis will produce the motion picture alongside Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke, with Gaiman, Avary and Martin Shafer receiving executive producer credits. Shangri-La Entertainment is financing the movie and Sony Pictures is in discussions to distribute the picture.

The original BEOWULF poem was written at least a thousand years old and tells of a famed 6th century Scandinavian warrior that goes to battle a fearsome monster called Grendel.

Gaiman and Avary are getting paid more than $2 million for their screenplay.

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