ROLE CALL: Howard in Cruise Control?

Can audiences expect a Ron Howard/Tom Cruise reunion? Maybe. Daily Variety reports today that Howard is in negotiations to helm the adaptation of “A Beautiful Mind,” a biography on Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr. who was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Howard has just finished directing Jim Carrey in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and, if all goes well, will start shooting “A Beautiful Mind” at the end of the year.

The question is whether Cruise, who worked with Howard in “Far and Away,” will commit to the project, as well. He’s said to be interested in playing Nash.

COLUMBINE REVISITED? Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst will turn movie director in “Runt,” a story that follows an ostracized high schooler who takes arms against his rivals. The pro-skateboarder-turned-music mogul will be mentored by director David Fincher (“Seven,” “Fight Club“) for his feature debut.

BRIT INVASION: Hugh Grant and Colin Firth have confirmed their participation in “Bridget Jones’ Diary” as romantic rivals vying for the attention of Renee Zellweger. The film is slated to go into production this month.