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WESLEY SNIPES SIGNS FIRST-LOOK PRODUCING DEAL WITH FOX

 WESLEY SNIPES SIGNS FIRST-LOOK PRODUCING DEAL WITH FOX
 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor Wesley


Snipes, who stars next summer in the Twentieth Century Fox release "White Men Can't Jump," has signed a two-year, first-look producing deal with the studio, it was announced today by Roger Birnbaum, president, World-Wide Production. It is anticipated that Snipes, whose Amen Ra Films has set up offices on the Fox lot, will star in the projects he produces for the studio, with Dolores Robinson serving as executive producer.
 Birnbaum commented: "Wesley Snipes electrified audiences with his performance in 'New Jack City,' and he brings the same excitement and integrity to his role in 'White Men Can't Jump.' His relationship with Fox Chairman Joe Roth dates back to 'Streets of Gold' in 1986, so we are particularly pleased at the prospect of making more films with him in his new double capacity as star and producer."
 Born in Orlando, Fla., Snipes began his acting career on the New York stage and includes among his early film credits "Wildcats," starring Goldie Hawn, and "Streets of Gold."
 In 1988 Snipes was cast in HBO's "Vietnam War Stories," which earned him an ACE Award for Best Actor, and he made a strong impression as a rival gang leader in Michael Jackson's extended music video "Bad," which was directed by Martin Scorsese. Following his co-starring role in the hit "Major League," Spike Lee then cast Snipes as Denzel Washington's saxophone-playing rival in "Mo' Better Blues."
 Earlier this year, Snipes earned critical acclaim in two controversial dramas. In "New Jack City," he starred as the sleek crack kingpin whose empire is dismantled by his own greed, and in Lee's "Jungle Fever," Snipes starred as Flipper Purify, a black architect who becomes involved with a white woman. The film's interracial theme landed Snipes and his co-star Annabella Sciorra on the cover of Newsweek, followed by a torrent of media attention.
 In addition to "White Men Can't Jump," which co-stars Woody Harrelson and is written and directed by Ron Shelton, Snipes will soon be seen as a wheelchair-bound rehab patient in Neil Jimenez' upcoming film, "The Waterdance." Snipes will then star in Warner Bros.' "Passenger 57," which is scheduled to begin production this January under the direction of Kevin Hooks.
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