MacLaine, Dukakis in 'Poor' house

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Shirley MacLaine is in negotiations and Olympia Dukakis is in early negotiations to reteam for the indie "Poor Things." Ash Baron Cohen has signed on to helm the black comedy.

Rob Hickman is producing and financing through his Still Rolling Prods. shingle alongside MacLaine.

The story, based on true events, revolves around two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Trent Haaga penned the screenplay from a story by Hickman and Haaga.

The film will shoot in early May in Los Angeles or New Mexico.

"Poor" marks the first production for Hickman's Still Rolling, which is committed to developing and producing five projects during the next three years in the $5 million-$10 million budget range.

Before setting up Still Rolling, Hickman financed and produced DVD campaigns that teamed celebrities with entertainment, sports and educational properties.

The film would reunite MacLaine and Dukakis, who starred together in "Steel Magnolias." Both actresses have an Academy Award among their credits.

MacLaine is repped by ICM. Dukakis is repped by WMA.

Baron Cohen, a cousin of Sasha Baron Cohen, directed "Pups" and "This Girl's Life." He is repped by ICM and attorney Eric Feig.
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