Andrew Niccol will direct from his rewrite of the speculative script by John Salvati based on Stan Lauryssens' novel Dali And I, about an art dealer who befriends the legendary surrealist painter. Daniel Brunt is overseeing the project for Room 9.
Cillian Murphy most recently starred in Sunshine and earlier this year completed work on John Maybury's The Edge Of Love with Keira Knightley.
He is currently shooting Beeban Kidron's Hippie Hippie Shake for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films.
Pacino is currently in production on Millennium Films' crime thriller Righteous Kill opposite Robert De Niro.
Niccol wrote and directed Gattaca and Lord Of War and earned a screenwriting Oscar nomination for The Truman Show.
Murphy is represented by UTA and attorney David Weber.