Is John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" fatal?
Not exactly, but the A-list star, who once upon a time discoed the night away, is considering signing up to play a dying man in the drama "Steinbeck's Point of View," Daily Variety reports.
The planned Warner Bros. production is reportedly high on Travolta's list of films to tackle after he completes the Nora Ephron-directed lottery flick "Numbers." (That film began shooting last month.)
Brandon Camp and Michael Thompson penned the "Steinbeck" script. They'll also produce, along with Steve Reuther and Mark Johnson, Variety says.
The picture puts a high-concept spin on its somber subject matter -- having its dying lead character come to terms with his impending demise via some supernatural help. "Steinbeck" is slated for a spring start. Should Travolta sign on, he would reportedly be involved in naming its director.
HURLEY BEDAZZLES: Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is confirmed to co-star in the Harold Ramis remake of "Bedazzled," the swingin' 1967 Stanley Donen comedy that introduced American audiences to Brit comedians Dudley Moore and Peter Cook.
Brendan Fraser ("The Mummy") is the topliner in Ramis' version. He'll play a dorky office drone who hopes to win the love of a co-worker (Hurley) through the aid of a seductive beauty (Frances O'Connor of "Mansfield Park"). The film will go before cameras as early as Jan. 24, reports say.
Hurley was last seen (briefly) in the 1999 summer smash "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
REMAKE WATCH: Writer John Hoffman has been tapped to pen a script for a remake of the 1973 whodunit, "The Last of Sheila." It's part of a two-picture deal Hoffman recently signed with Warners. "The Last of Sheila" comes from a prime gene pool -- its original script was dreamed up by the unlikely duo of "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins and Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd"). The original flick featured an ensemble cast led by Richard Benjamin and Dyan Cannon.
Worried you were dozing in Sunday School? Never knew God was a grandpa?
Don’t worry this isn’t sequel to the biblical TV miniseries. Set in the
early ’70s "Jesus’ Son" is the raw account of a young man (Billy
Crudup) shooting up throwing up and staggering through his wasted
youth. Through his journey he encounters a bizarre assortment of
misfits that make this film look like an indie "The Wizard of Oz" for
the messed up. Our hero collides with a beautiful and fragile heroine
addict (Samantha Morton) who becomes the cause of his downfall and
possibly his salvation.
Crudup could have capitalized on his teen-idol good looks to grab some
glossy Hollywood roles (and bucks). Instead he seems intent on using
his impressive acting skills to explore diverse and disturbing sides of
the human experience. As "Jesus’ Son " the actor gives an
inspirationally playful portrayal of the junkie’s arc from recklessness
to recovery as if he lived it. Morton (an Oscar nominee for "Sweet and
Lowdown") makes screwed-up nearly endearing as the woman who like Eve
turns her mate on to the forbidden fruit. The film is also blessed with
extended cameos from Denis Leary Jack Black Dennis Hopper Holly
Hunter and Greg Germann.
Far from glamorous or mainstream Allison MacLean has crafted a daring
grungy portrait of lost youth from Denis Johnson’s book. Brutal yet
compassionate MacLean rewards the adventurous with this disquieting
look at the wounded (literally and emotionally) that eventually leads to
a small but oddly uplifting triumph.