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JOHN HUGHES TO WRITE, PRODUCE AND DIRECT 'THE BEE' FOR WARNER BROS.

 BURBANK, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Filmmaker John Hughes will write, produce and direct "The Bee," an original comedy about an architect's disastrous attempt to develop farmland, beginning production this fall for Warner Bros., it was announced today by Bruce Berman, president of Worldwide Production for Warner Bros. Pictures.
 Hughes, whose latest project, "Dennis the Menace," opens nationwide June 25 for Warner, will film "The Bee" in and around Chicago. No casting has yet been announced.
 "Dennis the Menace" represents Hughes' 22nd original screenplay in a prolific filmmaking career that reflects an outstanding record of productivity since his first produced work in 1982.
 The creative force behind "Home Alone," the third highest-grossing film in Hollywood history (which he wrote and produced), Hughes first achieved success as a screenwriter on two 1983 hits, "Mr. Mom" and "National Lampoon's Vacation."
 He began directing his own scripts in 1984 with "Sixteen Candles" and has gone on to direct eight features, including "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "She's Having a Baby," "Uncle Buck" and "Curly Sue."
 In addition to the films he has directed, Hughes has produced a number of his screenplays, including "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Pretty in Pink," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."
 Hughes was named the 1991 Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners.
 "We are extremely excited to announced this new project from John Hughes," stated Bruce Berman. "The high level of interest in `Dennis the Menace' and John's outstanding career as a filmmaker have made a powerful statement about John's across-the-board appeal and his understanding of the comedy of human life.
 "Here at Warner Bros., we place a high premium on the development of good relationships with talented filmmakers, and we're proud that our efforts have been rewarded by our partnership with John Hughes."
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 /CONTACT: Stacy Ivers of Warner Bros. Publicity, 818-954-6217/


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