The Deal Report
MOVIES A 25-million-dollar man will play ”The Six Million Dollar Man!” Method actor Jim Carrey (”Once Bitten”) and ”Old School” director Todd Phillips will team for a remake of the ’70s TV show about Lee Majors’ bionic parts…. Wacky ”Adaptation” wunderkind Spike Jonze will direct ”Where the Wild Things Are,” the live-action version of Maurice Sendak‘s 1963 bedtime story. ”I’m a-maaazed at this kid’s facility,” says Sendak, who joins the Tom Hanks as a producer on the film. ”He’s a kid!… But he’s a brilliant kid.”… Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann are collaborating again! On ”Moulin Rouge Deux?” You wish! Rather, they’re teaming up on the new ad campaign for Chanel No. 5 — she’s the ”image” of the perfume, he’s the mastermind behind the global print and TV campaigns. Hmm, smells nice!
TELEVISION Rome wasn’t built in a day — so it’s gonna take at least 12 episodes to bring its story to TV! HBO has committed just that to 2005’s ”Rome,” which will examine how the sleepy burg moved from republic to…empire!
BOOKS Two former Marines — Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer and screenwriter William Broyles Jr. (”Cast Away”) — are helping bring ”Jarhead,” fellow former Marine Anthony Swofford‘s memoir of the first Gulf War, to the big screen. Semper fi!
additional reporting by Troy Patterson