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ROLE CALL: The 'Report' Is In!

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

The report on "Minority Report?" Likely a go.

We told you Sunday that Tom Cruise hopes the sci-fi thriller will be his next project. Now it looks like Steven Spielberg is confirming the same.

Cruise, a Golden Globe winner over the weekend for "Magnolia," addressed the project backstage, saying, "We're gonna make that movie -- Steven and I have been meeting and talking about it, and we really want to work together and we really want to make 'Minority Report.'"

And Spielberg's response? There're two versions. While trade papers report today that "Minority Report" is among the likely candidates (the children's book "Harry Potter" and the sci-fi flick "A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)" being the others) the acclaimed director is considering to tackle, the New York tab, on the other hand, is reporting that a Spielberg/Cruise "Report" is nothing but a sure thing.

"Right now, 'Minority Report' is next," Spielberg reportedly told the New York Daily News. "Tom Cruise spent three hours at my house today talking with me about the movie. Of course, with movies, you never know what can happen to bring about a delay. If a delay were to happen in this case, then I would do 'Harry Potter' next. But right now, it's 'Minority Report,' then 'Harry.'"

MURPHY GETS SMALLER: Eddie Murphy's remake streak may continue. The Hollywood Reporter says today that "The Nutty Professor" and "Dr. Dolittle" funnyman is evidently contemplating the title role of "The Incredible Shrinking Man," a remake of the 1957 flick starring Grant Williams about a man endowed with the paranormal power of shrinking.

No director has been attached to the remake yet, but "Dirty Work" scribe Fred Wolf is slated to pen the Universal Pictures/Imagine Entertainment project.

DOUBLE DEALING: Eddie Griffin ("Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo") and Orlando Jones ("Liberty Heights") have sealed a deal to star in Disney's action comedy "Double Take." Griffin will play an investment banker who's framed for money laundering, and Jones will star as the undercover cop whom Griffin befriends unknowingly. The project is set to roll in front of the camera in Los Angeles on April 10.

ANOTHER ADAPTATION FOR MINGHELLA?: What's next on Anthony Minghella's plate? "The Talented Mr. Ripley" helmer reportedly told the New York Daily News that his next project will be the adaptation of the Charles Frazier novel "Cold Mountain." Minghella reportedly will both write and direct the Civil War story about a soldier who goes AWOL.

LeBLANC GETS SOME: Matt LeBlanc, a.k.a Joey on the hit sitcom "Friends," has reportedly joined the cast of Sony's big screen version of "Charlie's Angels," said the UK film Web site Popcorn. LeBlanc is slated to play an action movie star who's also the love interest of the Angel played by Lucy Liu.

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