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ROLE CALL: Travolta Doomed?

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Is John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" fatal?

Not exactly, but the A-list star, who once upon a time discoed the night away, is considering signing up to play a dying man in the drama "Steinbeck's Point of View," Daily Variety reports.

The planned Warner Bros. production is reportedly high on Travolta's list of films to tackle after he completes the Nora Ephron-directed lottery flick "Numbers." (That film began shooting last month.)

Brandon Camp and Michael Thompson penned the "Steinbeck" script. They'll also produce, along with Steve Reuther and Mark Johnson, Variety says.

The picture puts a high-concept spin on its somber subject matter -- having its dying lead character come to terms with his impending demise via some supernatural help. "Steinbeck" is slated for a spring start. Should Travolta sign on, he would reportedly be involved in naming its director.

HURLEY BEDAZZLES: Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is confirmed to co-star in the Harold Ramis remake of "Bedazzled," the swingin' 1967 Stanley Donen comedy that introduced American audiences to Brit comedians Dudley Moore and Peter Cook.

Brendan Fraser ("The Mummy") is the topliner in Ramis' version. He'll play a dorky office drone who hopes to win the love of a co-worker (Hurley) through the aid of a seductive beauty (Frances O'Connor of "Mansfield Park"). The film will go before cameras as early as Jan. 24, reports say.

Hurley was last seen (briefly) in the 1999 summer smash "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

REMAKE WATCH: Writer John Hoffman has been tapped to pen a script for a remake of the 1973 whodunit, "The Last of Sheila." It's part of a two-picture deal Hoffman recently signed with Warners. "The Last of Sheila" comes from a prime gene pool -- its original script was dreamed up by the unlikely duo of "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins and Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd"). The original flick featured an ensemble cast led by Richard Benjamin and Dyan Cannon.

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