News from Hollywood

June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

LONG SHOT In the aftermath of his breakup with wife Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid is considering committing to love again: The actor is circling GreeneStreet Films’ ”Love Song for Bobby Long,” a dramedy set in New Orleans. Written by documentary filmmaker Shainee Gabel, who will make this her feature directorial debut, Long is about an alcoholic ex-college professor forced to deal with the teenage daughter of a former lover.

PARTY MEMBERS Alan Cumming’s ”The Anniversary Party,” which he wrote, directed, and stars in along with Jennifer Jason Leigh, doesn’t open until June 8, but he’s already planning his next helming gig. ”I want to do a film about people in London,” says Cumming, who will make a documentary about his friends, then fictionalize it and shoot it as a feature. Explains the actor-director-writer, ”Some of the people are actors and some are normal people, so if I do the documentary first, they can get used to the camera.” (He’ll begin working on it only after he finishes his novel for ReganBooks, titled ”Tommy’s Tale,” later this year.) Meanwhile, ”Party” costar Jennifer Beals says she is negotiating with Fox Searchlight to produce and star in a movie written by Walter Mosley, about two women who pull heists. In 1995, Beals appeared in a film based on a Mosley novel, ”Devil in a Blue Dress.”

FURTHERMORE Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (”Being John Malkovich”) is working on another script with his latest collaborator, French director Michel Gondry, with whom he made the upcoming comedy ”Human Nature.” Kaufman describes the pitch, which was bought by Propaganda, as being ”about memory.”… Fine Line is awaiting the latest draft of ”I Was Amelia Earhart,” now undergoing a polish by Lynn Grossman. Julianne Moore is attached to star; Fred Schepisi, who was mentioned as a possible director, also penned a version of the screenplay.

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