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PHONE BOOTH

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Fox 2000 Pictures presents a Zucker/Netter production, a Joel Schumacher film, starring Colin Farrell in PHONE BOOTH, also starring Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell and Kiefer Sutherland. The film is directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Larry Cohen, and produced by Gil Netter and David Zucker. The executive producer is Ted Kurdyla. The director of photography is Matthew Libatique, ASC, the production designer is Andrew Laws, the film editor is Mark Stevens, and the costume designer is Daniel Orlandi. Music is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.

"I've been trying to figure out how to do a movie inside a phone booth for twenty years," says Larry Cohen, an accomplished director of contemporary independent films as well as a successful screenwriter. "It's a unique place to be trapped – right in the middle of the city, surrounded by thousands of people. I imagined a scenario in which you couldn't get out of the phone booth, that it would become like a glass coffin. You're in plain view of everybody else and no one knows that you're being terrorized inside this phone booth. The ultimate trap."

In between film directing and screenwriting projects, Cohen continued to revisit the idea before finally cracking it just over three years ago. "It just came to me one day," Cohen remembers. "I thought to put a sniper up in a window, put the guy in the booth, bring his wife and girlfriend to the scene, have a murder, add the police. All these ideas just cascaded, and I ended up writing the screenplay in less than a week."

After Fox 2000 Pictures acquired the rights to Cohen's screenplay, several of the industry's top filmmakers vied for the opportunity to tackle its novel concept. Fox initially approached director Joel Schumacher, but a previous commitment precluded the "Tigerland" helmer's involvement at that time. However, when Schumacher finally did become available, he and the studio eagerly joined forces. "PHONE BOOTH had a fresh and unique story," he notes. "I was particularly interested in its exploration of a fundamental fear – that someone is watching you – and the loss of privacy in today's world. The most frightening part of the story is that it could happen to anyone. It's a strong tale of urban paranoia."

"Joel is the perfect director for this film," says Cohen. "He has a great camera eye – a great eye for design. And he is an actor's director, which is critical because the role of Stu Shepard is a great acting challenge for any actor because he must sustain our interest and the action for the entire movie."

Schumacher hand-picked Colin Farrell to portray Stu Sheperd, the low-rent publicist who becomes the final occupant of one of New York City's last working phone booths. PHONE BOOTH would mark their second collaboration, following Schumacher's critically hailed Vietnam-era drama "Tigerland," which propelled Farrell to worldwide acclaim and stardom. "In ‘Tigerland', Colin played a very reluctant hero," Schumacher points out. "In PHONE BOOTH, he plays a very reluctant victim.

"Colin, who's Irish, can do anything, including any accent – Southern in ‘Tigerland', a neutral American inflection in ‘Minority Report' and a Bronx accent as Stu" – adds Schumacher. "And PHONE BOOTH is a tour de force for him; he's in every second of the movie.

"Farrell was pleased to reunite with Schumacher, while tackling such a meaty script and role. "The story really moved, it was a rea

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