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Turner to make directorial debut

Turner, who shared top screenwriting awards for co-writing the George Clooney film with director Jason Reitman, will helm new movie By Virtue Fall, about a man who is imprisoned after being framed by his mentor.

He will co-produce the film with Jennifer Klein and Nicolas Chartier, who hit the headlines earlier this year (10) when he was banned from the Academy Awards (07Mar10). Chartier was caught campaigning for votes when he emailed voters to support his movie The Hurt Locker – a practice forbidden by Oscar bosses.

Turner has long harboured a desire to direct but admits he only felt compelled to take control of the camera after completing the screenplay for By Virtue Fall.

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He tells Daily Variety, “This script was the first I’ve written that made me feel like I had no choice but to embark on my directing career.”

Production is scheduled to start in September (10).

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