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Aussie does Dallas

April 18, 2005

LOS ANGELES: It's all hush-hush and fun and games in Hollywood as Australian director Robert Luketic prepares to bring oil tycoon JR Ewing back to life in a grandiose film version of the TV series, Dallas.

Luketic, a 31-year-old Melbourne film school graduate who has become one of Tinseltown's hottest young directors, has been sworn to secrecy about the movie, rumoured to have a budget of $US100 million ($A130 million) and a cast including Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Scripts with pages strategically missing have been printed on specially produced red paper that cannot be photocopied.

"I'm very limited in what I can talk about with Dallas," Luketic warned in an interview. "I've signed some confidentiality agreements."

But Luketic did let slip with a bit of gossip about the film.

Dallas will be set in Texas in modern times, it won't be a spoof of the TV series, it's not a comedy and JR Ewing and his backstabbing, dysfunctional family will take centre stage.

"This is actually a very sprawling, epic movie," he said. "It has very definite and dramatic narratives running through it."


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