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WORKING TITLE SIGNS CURTIS FOR TWO PICS.

LONDON Working Title Films has signed a deal to produce the next two original film scripts by Richard Curtis, writer of "Notting Hill," "Bean" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral."

The deal formalizes the long-term relationship between Curtis and London-based Working Title, which has produced all of his movies since his debut effort, "The Tall Guy," in 1987.

A slow and meticulous worker, Curtis has no scripts currently in development. Sources say it's likely to be a couple of years before the first pic under his new deal goes into production.

Tying up talent

But Working Title's decision to strike a formal agreement with Curtis reflects the company's new desire to cement its talent relationships under new owner Universal Pictures.

In a statement, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, co-chairmen of Working Title, said, "Richard Curtis' films have in part been responsible for a sea change in the British film industry. His movies have opened British cinema to broader audiences both in the U.K. and internationally. Quite simply, we believe that Richard Curtis is one of the world's great writers, and we are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship into the next millennium."

Curtis is currently working on a special version of his classic BBC series "Blackadder" to be screened in London's Millennium Dome complex, which opens Jan. 1. The half-hour show, starring Rowan Atkinson and a host of other Brit comic talent, will unspool every hour in the Skyscape theater, providing a quirky take on British history.

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Author:DAWTREY, ADAM
Publication:Variety
Date:Jun 21, 1999
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