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Fox Searchlight takes another Mulligan

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has what appears to be a fruitful collaboration with Carey Mulligan in the upcoming “Never Let Me Go.” Now it appears the specialty division won’t let her go.

The company of “Juno” and “Little Miss Sunshine” is developing a new movie titled “Stoker,” with Mulligan in talks to star. The kicker? The project is written by “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller.

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“Stoker” tells of an eccentric teenager whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father. And the company is adding some more boldfaced names from across the pond: Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions is in talks to produce. Searchlight is also in talks with Jodie Foster to costar with Mulligan.

It’s rare for a commercial powerhouse such as Scott Free to develop boutique films (though they did work with Searchlight on the current relationship comedy “Cyrus”). And Foster has only recently taken a turn to the lower-budget (she directed and costars in upcoming quirky dramedy “The Beaver”). But Searchlight has honed populist specialty films to an art form and, apparently, Hollywood’s most commercial names don’t want to let it go either.

-- Steven Zeitchik


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