DiCaprio's 'Dweller' near director

Rupert Sanders in negotiations to helm drama

Up-and-coming director Rupert Sanders soon could be working with Leonard DiCaprio and Ridley Scott.

The helmer is in negotiations to direct "The Low Dweller," the dark ex-con drama that DiCaprio's Appian Way and Scott's Scott Free Prods. are producing for Relativity Media.

Sanders, repped by CAA, is best-known for his flashy commercials; a piece he directed for the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" video game created a buzz, with the director drawing comparisons to "300" helmer Zack Snyder. Sanders also has helmed well-regarded spots for the "Halo 3" game and Monster.com.

On the film side, the director is attached to "The Wild Geese," an action epic that "300" producer Gianni Nunnari is producing at Warners.

"Dweller" incited a bidding war when the Brad Ingelsby script was shopped last year, with Relativity and MGM winning with a seven-figure bid. Relativity eventually took over the project in its entirety.

Ingelsby's story, which has drawn comparisons to "No Country for Old Men," centers on a Midwestern man who gets out of prison only to be haunted and pursued by a figure from his past. Several directors have been associated with the project, which is a high priority for Relativity.
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