'Kill' coup: Pacino stars with De Niro


Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are teaming to play New York police investigators hunting a serial killer in Jon Avnet's $60 million thriller "Righteous Kill" for Avi Lerner's Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films.

The independently financed feature written by Russell Gewirtz ("Inside Man") unites the longtime friends onscreen for about 90% of the film — unlike their one scene together in Michael Mann's "Heat" and no shared scenes in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part II" (HR 5/18).

"You see those two icons onscreen together for virtually the whole film," Lerner said at his Festival de Cannes offices. "(It's something) never seen before in the history of cinema. It's one of the hardest deals we've ever done to put these two actors together."

"Kill" begins a two-month shoot Aug. 6 in Connecticut and New York.