Funny money tale has Noyce on a bill with DreamWorks

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Phillip Noyce is in negotiations to direct "The Art of Making Money," a DreamWorks project about a notorious counterfeiter who printed more than $10 million in fake bills.

The WMA-repped Noyce has been eyeing as many as four projects during the past few weeks, including "Money."

The DreamWorks project centers on Art Williams, the alias of an audacious Chicago counterfeiter who printed fake $100 bills using cutting-edge techniques and continued to do so even after he had been caught by the FBI. Last year, he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

The DreamWorks project is based on Jason Kersten's 2005 profile of Williams in Rolling Stone, with Kersten and Williams also under contract to write a book about the counterfeiter's life.

Frank Baldwin is attached to write the screenplay, with Brian Robbins producing through his Varsity Pictures banner. David Beaubaire and Chloe Dan will oversee for DW on behalf of production president Adam Goodman.

Noyce also is attached to helm the Philip Roth adaptation "American Pastoral" for Lakeshore. (partialdiff)
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