ROLE CALL: Pitt Eyes High ‘Sea’

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 15, 2000 – First “Ocean’s,” then the “sea.” Variety reports today that Brad Pitt has signed on to star in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “To the White Sea.” The actor will reportedly make the film in Japan, after he’s finished with the rat pack remake, “Ocean’s 11,” next year.

Based on a novel authored by James Dickey, the story follows a World War II tail gunner who’s stranded in Japan after the bombing of Tokyo.

LOPEZ DOES KAHLO: Variety columnist Michael Fleming informs us that singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is eyeing to portray Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in a biopic developed by United Artists.

‘HOTEL’ SOLD: Trade papers said today that Lions Gate has bought the U.S. rights to German art house director Wim Wender’s futuristic thriller “The Million Dollar Hotel.”

Based on a story written by U2 frontman Bono, the flick – starring a ensemble cast that includes Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich -follows the events in a run-down hotel after the son of a media tycoon dies on the premises.

SEEING ‘GHOST’: Daily Variety says that “Blade” director Stephen Norrington is likely to direct and develop the film adaptation of “Ghost Rider” – a Marvel Comic character who’s a motorcycle stuntman by day and a crime-fighting superhero by night.