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Edward Norton directing and starring in Motherless Brooklyn adaptation

Actor Edward Norton is gearing up to begin production on his long-gestating movie adaptation of Motherless Brooklyn, 15 years after he first started working on the project.

The American History X star began developing the film in 1999, shortly after author Jonathan Lethem published the book.

Norton will take on double duty by both starring in and helming the film when shooting starts later this year (14) in New York. It will mark the actor's second stint as director after his moviemaking debut in 2000's Keeping The Faith.

Rush Hour director Brett Ratner will produce Motherless Brooklyn, about a private detective with Tourette's syndrome, who sets out to solve the murder of his mentor.

He says, "We all know Edward Norton is one of the most compelling actors of our generation, but I also know he's an exceptional writer and filmmaker. As soon as I read his script for Motherless Brooklyn I knew this was a project I wanted to get involved with and am thrilled to partner up with Edward..."

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