ROLE CALL: Tim Allen in the Hat

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 14, 2000 – Perhaps they should call it “Hollywood Fat Cat in the Hat.” Variety reports that Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are planning to adapt Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” into a live-action comedy starring Tim Allen.

“The Cat in the Hat” is the second Dr. Seuss property the two studios are producing. Their first, the much awaited “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey, will come out this Thanksgiving.

VIRTUAL CASTING: Al Pacino is about to work with a never-before-seen beauty in his upcoming movie. The Hollywood Reporter says that the actor will play opposite a computer-generated character in “Simone,” a project directed by “The Truman Show” scribe Andrew Niccol.

ENTER THE ‘DRAGON’: Variety tells us that New Line Cinema has paid about $5 mil for the distribution rights to “Dungeons and Dragon: The Movie” in the United States.