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With widow’s consent, biography of Mike Nichols in the works

FILE - In this June 10, 2010 file photo, journalist Diane Sawyer and her director husband Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Nichols in Culver City, Calif. With the consent of Diane Sawyer, a book on the late Mike Nichols is in the works. Penguin Press announced Friday, May 15, 2015, that it had reached a deal with Mark Harris, author of the acclaimed film histories “Pictures At a Revolution” and “Five Came Back.” The new book will be called “Mike Nichols: A Biography." A release date has not been set. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — With the consent of Diane Sawyer, a book on the late Mike Nichols is in the works.

Penguin Press announced Friday that it had reached a deal with Mark Harris, author of the acclaimed film histories “Pictures at a Revolution” and “Five Came Back.” The new book will be called “Mike Nichols: A Biography,” and has the support of Sawyer, Nichols’ widow, and other family members, according to Penguin. A release date has not been set.

Nichols, one of the most honored film and stage directors of his time, died last fall at age 83. Harris interviewed Nichols several years earlier for “Pictures At a Revolution,” a comprehensive take on five major movies of 1967, including Nichols’ “The Graduate.”

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