HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 14, 2000 – Perhaps they should call it "Hollywood Fat Cat in the Hat." Variety reports that Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are planning to adapt Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat" into a live-action comedy starring Tim Allen.
"The Cat in the Hat" is the second Dr. Seuss property the two studios are producing. Their first, the much awaited "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carrey, will come out this Thanksgiving.
VIRTUAL CASTING: Al Pacino is about to work with a never-before-seen beauty in his upcoming movie. The Hollywood Reporter says that the actor will play opposite a computer-generated character in "Simone," a project directed by "The Truman Show" scribe Andrew Niccol.
ENTER THE 'DRAGON': Variety tells us that New Line Cinema has paid about $5 mil for the distribution rights to "Dungeons and Dragon: The Movie" in the United States.
HOLLYWOOD, May 22, 2000 -– Coming soon, yet another chance to see Al Pacino scream, yell, punch tables and act angry the only way he knows how.
Today's Daily Variety reports that "The Insider" is in negotiations with New Line Cinema to star as a struggling Hollywood producer in a flick about the movie industry.
The film, still untitled, is written by "The Truman Show" scribe Andrew Niccol.
SQUEEZING MORE OUT OF THE JUICE: Today's Variety also notes that Ving Rhames, Tom Cruise’s co-star in the upcoming "Mission: Impossible 2," will portray hard-ass attorney Johnnie Cochran in the CBS miniseries "American Tragedy," about the O.J. Simpson trial.
His dudeness Keanu Reeves is slated to star in Columbia's "The Ottoman Empire," a political parody penned and directed by Andrew Bergman ("Isn't She Great").
The flick tells the story of an erstwhile porn star (played by Reeves) who's blackmailed into providing certain vocation service to the first lady of the United States.
No word yet on when the film will go in front of the camera. Trade papers reported that the project will probably begin shooting some time between the Reeves vehicles "Sweet November" rolling this spring and back-to-back "The Matrix" sequels set to go into production this fall.
"GIFT" LOOKING SWANK: Hilary Swank, who was just named ShoWest 2000's female star of tomorrow, is set to begin work on "The Gift," the Sam Raimi film which principal cast includes Keanu Reeves and Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi, and Greg Kinnear.
Swank will play the physically abused wife to Keanu Reeve's redneck wife-beating husband. Shooting for the film begins Feb. 3 in Savannah, Ga.
ECKHART IN THE COMPANY OF MEN: Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of "The Pledge," an adaptation of Swiss author Friedrich Durrenmatt's crime novel directed by Senn Penn. The "In the Company of Men" star will play opposite Jack Nicholson in a yet-undisclosed script.