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Movie About Daniel Pearl Slaying to Start Filming in Fall

A movie based on a book about the slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is scheduled to begin filming in the fall.

Beacon Pictures has signed Josh Lucas for the starring role. Kip Williams, who directed "Door in the Floor," will helm the as-yet-untitled movie.

The film is based on the book "Who Killed Daniel Pearl?" in which French author Bernard-Henri Levy details his one-year investigation into the circumstances behind Pearl's kidnapping and slaying in Pakistan in 2002.

New York Times Magazine foreign correspondent Peter Landesman wrote the script, which will focus on an American TV reporter because Beacon Pictures wanted to avoid infringing on another upcoming film based on a book by Pearl's widow.