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High Noon - 28th October 2003
  Wild Thing
Adaptation. director Spike Jonze will helm a live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where The Wild Things Are. Tom Hanks is producing the story of Max, a little scamp who dreams up a fantasy world populated by monsters who hail him as their leader. The project was originally envisioned as a CG-feature, but Jonze's take excited the moneymen and he now has free rein to visualise/ruin one of High Noon's favourite books.
  Otto Warms To Phoenix
Dennis Quaid will be joined by The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers totty Miranda 'Éowyn' Otto in action remake The Flight Of The Phoenix. She'll play a geologist who cosies up to Quaid, while 2 Fast 2 Furious star Tyrese has inked to appear as the titular plane's "tough guy mechanic".
Halle Berry has been blabbing about Catwoman. "My Catwoman is fierce. She's not very nice," she revealed while promoting horror thriller Gothika. "She's no pussycat. Hopefully people will love her and fear her. She has leather pants. She has a mostly bare top made of belts. She has a bandanna wrapped around her head with cat ears on it." Oooh. Scary.
  Tony To Direct Again?
Anthony Hopkins plans to direct again, seven years after his last outing, Autumn. "Every actor says he wants to direct," the Hannibal star star says, "but I've written a script. I couldn't tell you what it's about. It's quite odd. I've given it to Lakeshore Entertainment and they're showing it to Miramax. So we'll see what they say."

While remaining tight-lipped over the subject matter, he did reveal that the script is titled Bonhoffer, leading High Noon to speculate without foundation that it could be a biopic of heroic anti-Nazi Christian leader Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed in a concentration camp in 1945.
  In Arms Way
Michael "Don't rush me" Mann is becoming uncharacteristically busy. In addition to Tom Cruise projects Collateral and The Few, the Ali director has signed to helm Arms And The Man.

The thriller is based on a New York Times article by journalist Peter Landesman, about arms dealer Victor Bout. Landesman is also scripting the film, which will follow a US agent as he tries to track down stolen plutonium, travelling through the Middle East, Africa, and the former Soviet Union.
  Barbershop Star Forgets Himself
Cedric The Entertainer (Cedric Kyles to his mum) is to star in Traces, an action-comedy about an amnesiac janitor who must recover his memory to save his life. Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is among the pic's producers, leading us to speculate (again, without foundation) that he may helm.