Jude Law plans remakes of Michael Caine films. ''Alfie'' and ''Sleuth'' are on his list

By Gary Susman
Updated April 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Jude Law seems to be turning into Michael Caine, and not just because they’re both British movie stars who seem to be in every other movie made. According to Variety, Law is negotiating to play two of Caine’s signature, Oscar-nominated roles, in remakes of ”Alfie” and ”Sleuth.” In fact, in the new ”Sleuth,” he may star opposite Caine himself.

Paramount is remaking ”Alfie,” the 1966 hit about a cad who reconsiders his womanizing ways. Directing will be Charles Shyer, best known for Steve Martin’s ”Father of the Bride” remakes. ”Sleuth” would be a Warner Bros. release, with playwright Harold Pinter reworking the Anthony Shaffer play that was the source of the 1972 film. In the original movie, Laurence Olivier plays a mystery writer who lures the young hairdresser (Caine) who cuckolded him into a vengeful cat-and-mouse game. According to Variety, Law has said he got the idea to remake the film from Caine and would like to see Caine play the Olivier role.

Like the prolific Caine, Law is keeping a full dance card these days. Besides having the lead role in ”Cold Mountain” (opposite Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger), due at Christmas, he’s currently shooting the retro-sci-fi thriller ‘”The World of Tomorrow” with Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. He’s also in talks to star in the Mike Nichols-directed ”Closer,” an adaptation of Patrick Marber’s stage drama about two couples linked by adultery. His likely castmates include ”Mountain” costar Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and ”Gosford Park”’s Clive Owen.