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.
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.
‘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.