Eyre has plan for Berlin pic

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Theater and film director Richard Eyre, who cannot be in Berlin for the unspooling of his Out of Competition title "Notes On A Scandal" Monday, wants to come to the German capital later this year to make a movie.

Eyre said he is lining up his diary with a view to freeing up space to shoot a script of his own writing.

The director has penned a project based on a short story called "The Other Man," written by famed German author Bernard Schlink.

Eyre said "The Other Man" details the story of a man who learns posthumously who his wife was.

The project, according to Eyre, has attracted interest from HBO Films with ongoing development on the script. Eyre aims to roll sometime in the fall in the U.K. and Germany.

The well-known German author penned the critically acclaimed "The Reader" about a young man who falls in love and embarks on a passionate affair with an older woman and then discovers she was a guard in a concentration camp. Oprah Winfrey famously picked the novel as one of her faves and it went on to achieve big sales in the U.S.

Eyre couldn't make it to Berlin to support his Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett starrer "Notes" because he is just days ahead of opening "The Reporter" at the National Theater.

The director is helming the latest play by Nicholas Wright with a tri-hander cast of Bruce Alexander, Leo Bill and Patrick Brennan.

He said just before the festival kicked off that he would be arrested if he jetted into Berlin while in technical rehearsals on his play.
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