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Hackford & Mirren Visit The Ranch

By Garth Franklin Monday October 15th 2007 07:05AM

Taylor Hackford ("Ray," "Devil's Advocate") will direct Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci in the drama "Love Ranch" for Capitol Films reports Variety.

Mark Jacobson penned the script, inspired by the story of Joe and Sally Conforte, proprietors of the Mustang Ranch, the first legalized house of prostitution in Nevada.

Boxer Oscar Bonavena was gunned down at the ranch in 1976, suspected of having an affair with the madam Sally. Hackford is working hard to find an actor to play the boxer, and will look for a distributor after the movie is complete.

Shooting begins in late January in Albuquerque, N.M. and a Toronto Festival premiere is scheduled.

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