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With its separation from Paramount complete, DreamWorks is putting a handful of projects on its high-priority list.

The writers, directors and actors the studio is talking with or already have attached are a diverse and prominent group, ranging from Clint Eastwood to Len Wiseman to Steve Carell to the writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

While there are many deals still to be negotiated and many green lights yet to be handed out, the studio is expected to move quickly as it builds its Reliance-funded and Universal-distributed slate — more quickly than originally planned. Some movies could even go into production well ahead of DreamWorks' original fall '09 target.

DreamWorks communications exec Chip Sullivan declined to discuss specifics, but these projects are increasingly active:

>"Motorcade": Big names are looking to join the convoy on this story of terrorists commandeering the presidential motorcade in Los Angeles. The studio is in talks with "Underworld" helmer Wiseman to direct Billy Ray's script. The ICM-repped Wiseman is on a hot streak after his "Live Free or Die Hard" earned $380 million worldwide.
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