Charlize Theron's looking to reunite with her "Devil's Advocate" co-star Keanu Reeves.
Daily Variety reports that the actress is in negotiations to co-star in the Warner Bros. pic "Sweet November." That would mean that her heart's no longer set on producer Jerry Bruckheimer's "Pearl Harbor." That Michael Bay-helmed actioner is to be filmed over a five-month period.
As for "Sweet November," "Circle of Friends" filmmaker Pat O'Connor is set to direct the tale of a businessman (Reeves) who falls in love with a cancer-riddled woman (Theron).
PACINO'S 'OEDIPUS' COMPLEX: "Godfather" Al Pacino is getting back to the family roots as doomed Theban king Oedipus Rex (aka the guy who killed his dad and married his mom).
Pacino will star in the New York stage-bound production for director-actress Estelle Parsons. The A-list ensemble includes Mary Beth Hurt, Dianne Wiest and Edward Hermann. Variety reports that the director plans to open the show at an Off Broadway venue in a couple of months.
HE'S WITH THE "BAND": Former pop star-turned-actor Donnie Wahlberg (brother of rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg) has signed on with a new group in the form of HBO's $120 million, 13-hour miniseries "Band of Brothers."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wahlberg -- late of New Kids on the Block -- will play Cmdr. Lipton in the war tale based on a nonfiction book by Stephen Ambrose. The project follows the adventures of a group of 101st Airborne soldiers from basic training to their capture of Hitler's Eagle Nest at Berchtesgaden, Germany.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are the miniseries' executive producers.
'KNIGHT'-HOOD: "Terminator 2" tyke Edward Furlong, now 22, takes a step in the action-hero direction as the lead in the indie film "The Knights of the Quest."
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Furlong will star for Italian director Pupi Avati as Simon of Clarendon, an 11th century hero who sets out to inform a French king about a sacred relic.
The $15 million to $18 million project is set to begin shooting March 27 in Scotland, Italy, France and Tunisia. The film's being financed by the Italian government and Antonio Avati (Pupi's brother). The project's still looking for a domestic distributor.
'PICNIC PLANNING': Columbia TriStar Television thinks it's high time for another remake and has placed a new version of the 1955 movie "Picnic" on its telefilm development slate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake will star Josh Brolin, Gretchen Mol, Mary Steenburgen and Bonnie Bedelia. Based on William Inge's play, it's the story of a drifter who stirs up a small town after falling for an old buddy's fiancŽe.
READY FOR 'KISS': Actor Danny Nucci, Leonardo DiCaprio's steerage-class buddy from "Titanic," is close to landing the lead in the CBS pilot "Kiss Me Guido." Variety reports that Nucci will star as Frankie, an Italian-American playboy who ends up with a gay roomie after misreading a classified ad. The series is based on the 1997 Paramount film.
'HAPPINESS' IS A NEW DEAL: Todd Solondz, director of the lightly titled, heavily weighted dramedies "Happiness" and "Welcome to the Dollhouse," has been joyously embraced (no irony here) by New Line Cinema. Daily Variety reports that the studio has acquired the distribution rights to the filmmaker's untitled next project, which will be produced by Gotham-based Ted Hope and Christine Vachon.
He's played idiots and superheroes. Up next for Keanu Reeves is an against type role as a brutal, spouse-beating murder suspect in the low-budget drama "The Gift."
As with Tom Cruise's supporting turn in the critical hit "Magnolia," Reeves reportedly will take a back seat (and a serious pay cut) to co-star alongside Giovanni Ribisi, Cate Blanchett and Katie Holmes ("Dawson's Creek"). Today's Daily Variety says Sam Raimi ("A Simple Plan") will helm the under-$10 million film for Paramount's art-house division, Paramount Classics.
For the chance to do evil things on celluloid, Reeves will pare down his usual per-picture asking price of $15 million to union scale, the trade paper says.
Written by "One False Move" screenwriters Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson, "The Gift" concerns a small-town Southern psychic who becomes involved in a murder investigation. Reeves plays a redneck who becomes the prime suspect when he threatens the clairvoyant after she helps his battered wife.
Ribisi ("Saving Private Ryan") is the headliner, starring as a troubled youth who becomes the clairvoyant's closest ally.
Shooting is set to begin Feb. 7. After "The Gift," Reeves will pick up his normal (hefty) paycheck for starring in "Sweet November" for Warner Bros. That project, starring Reeves as a businessman who falls in love with a dying woman, will be directed by Pat O'Connor ("Circle of Friends"). It's a remake of the 1968 Sandy Dennis-Anthony Newley drama of the same name.
After "Sweet November," Reeves is set to get back in action on the proposed 250-day shoot for the back-to-back "Matrix" sequels for filmmakers Larry and Andy Wachowski. His typically explosive payday for that two-fer project is a $30 million advance against 15% of the two films' combined grosses.
DIRECTOR HELD FOR 'RANSOM': "Wild Things" director John McNaughton sets his voyeur's eyes next on "The Ransom," today's Hollywood Reporter says. The Bel Air Entertainment flick is based on the 1991 Brian Tobin crime-caper novel. The story involves an ex-con, a thief and a pickpocket who plot to kidnap New York's biggest, baddest drug dealer. The project, whose title may be kidnapped before it's released to theaters, does not yet have a start date.
FINE "FEATHERS": Feeling good from their successful union on "The Talented Mr. Ripley," Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures will give their relationship another shot with a remake of the 1939 British action-adventure film "The Four Feathers," Daily Variety says. Screenwriter Hossein Amini ("The Wings of the Dove") is set to adapt the story, which involves a disgraced British officer's attempt to redeem himself by infiltrating enemy territory and freeing his captured friends.