Jim Carrey, John Travolta planning remake projects -- Spielberg will direct Carrey in "Walter Mitty"; Travolta plans a ''Harvey'' redo

By Brian Hiatt
Updated March 12, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Jim Carrey: Alecsey Boldeskul/NY Photo Press/Newscom

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Remake fever continues to be one of Hollywood’s most inescapable ailments, with John Travolta and the team of Jim Carrey and Steven Spielberg each planning redo projects, according to Variety. Carrey is planning to star in a Spielberg version of 1947’s ”The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” while Travolta is negotiating to take the Jimmy Stewart role in a remake of the 1950 drunk-with-imaginary-rabbit-pal flick ”Harvey.”

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Carrey will take on the Danny Kaye role of a wimpy suburbanite who daydreams of heroic deeds while being henpecked by his wife; the original movie was based on a short story by James Thurber. Spielberg and Carrey hope to begin production within a year, Variety reported. ”Harvey,” meanwhile, will be based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that inspired the original movie, according to Variety. No word on a director — or casting for the rabbit.

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