Surreal life: Pacino plays Dali in biopic

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Al Pacino is reuniting with writer-director Andrew Niccol for "Dali & I: The Surreal Story," Room 9 Entertainment's follow-up to its successful political satire "Thank You for Smoking."

Pacino will play Dali in the movie, which will span the 1960s-80s, a time when most of Dali's great work was behind him and he became more flamboyant. The story also will focus on a mentor-protege relationship between Dali and Stan Lauryssens, a young art dealer.

Room 9 partners David O. Sacks, Daniel Brunt and Michael R. Newman are producing. A June start date is planned.

Room 9 originally acquired the project as a spec written by John Salvati, based on Lauryssens' autobiographical book "Dali and I." Niccol is rewriting the script.

Room 9 and NBC/Universal are developing a television series based on "Smoking."

CAA-repped Pacino starred in Niccol's 2002 sci-fi drama "Simone." He next appears in "Ocean's Thirteen," which Warner Bros. Pictures will release June 8, and in Millennium Films' "88 Minutes."
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