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Screenplay by man from Portland to star Robin Williams

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A man who grew up going to local movie theaters decades ago is about to realize his own silver screen dream.

A screenplay written by Douglas Soesbe will begin filming in May with Robin Williams in the lead role.

Soesbe grew up in northeast Portland and graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor's degree in theater in 1971 and a master's degree in playwriting in 1976. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career.

Soesbe has written four movies that were produced for TV, but Boulevard will be his first movie released to theaters.

"That something I wrote attracted a talent as discerning as Mr. Williams is a thrill," Soesbe said in a statement released by PSU. "The day I found out was simply the most exciting time of my life."

The university said Soesbe spent every weekend watching movies at the Laurelhurst and Avalon theaters.

His father also built him a small home movie theater, complete with its own outside entrance, cashier's window and refreshment stand, that was featured in the Oregon Journal in 1962.

Soesbe wrote his first scripts when he started a one-act theater company with a friend in Portland in 1973 and could not afford to pay royalties for published plays.

He also now works as a story analyst and editor for Universal, providing input on scripts that have included Les Misérables and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

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