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Duchovny May Join Julia Roberts in Soderbergh's 'How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire'

10 Sep, 2001 By: Staff Reporter

Blair Underwood, Mary McCormack and David Duchovny are close to joining Julia Roberts and Catherine Keener in Steven Soderbergh's How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire for Miramax Films.

The closely guarded project is set to shoot in Los Angeles for three weeks in November on digital video and film.

Although deals have not yet been signed for the three stars, sources confirmed that Underwood is in negotiations for the roles of Nicholas/Calvin, while McCormack and Duchovny have offers to play Linda and Gus, respectively. Deals for all three actors are expected to close shortly.

Keener was the first actor to sign on to Hotel, and Roberts came aboard last week. Both actresses have worked with Soderbergh before: Keener on Out of Sight and Roberts on Erin Brockovich (which earned her a best actress Oscar) and the upcoming Ocean's Eleven.

Hotel Fire is produced by Scott Kramer from Coleman Hough's script. Contrary to previous reports, the project is not a sequel to Soderbergh's 1989 film sex, lies, & videotape.

Miramax topper Harvey Weinstein and co-president of production Bob Osher are overseeing the project for the mini-major.

Underwood, repped by WMA, recently starred in Rules of Engagement and the television series "City of Angels." McCormack, repped by the Gersh Agency, next stars in Universal Pictures' K-Pax opposite Kevin Spacey. Duchovny most recently starred in DreamWorks' alien comedy Evolution. He is repped by ICM.

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