Murray circles Black List project.

Variety is reporting that Bill Murray is in early negotiations to topline the 2011 Black List dramatic comedy ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’ for writer-director Ted Melfi.

A coming-of-age tale, the story follows “a 12-year old boy who, in the wake of his parents’ divorce, forms an unlikely friendship with the misanthropic retiree (Murray) living next door. A war veteran whose life mainly consists of drinking, gambling and prostitutes, the elder soon becomes an unlikely mentor.”

The film will be produced by Chernin Entertainment along with Don Cheadle and Kay Liberman via their Crescendo Productions banner. Fred Roos (‘Somewhere,’ ‘The Godfather’) is also on board to produce.