PU239: According to Variety, Scott Burns, who wrote The Informant for Steven Soderbergh, will make his feature-directing bow with PU239 at United Artists. Soderbergh's Section 8 Prods. will produce the pic.

Production is expected to begin this fall on locations in Eastern Europe.

Written by Burns, PU239 is set in post-Glasnost Russia. After a nuclear facility technician has an accident, he travels to Moscow in search of work and finds himself involved with the city's low-level mobsters. The film's title refers to the atomic number for plutonium.

Brian B.