Kubrick, Kidman, Cruise Open ‘Shut’ Deal

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman have been set to star in Stanley Kubrick’s next film for Warner Bros., “Eyes Wide Shut,” adapted from a novel about obsession and jealousy. The project will begin shooting this summer.

Kubrick will produce and direct, and has written the screenplay with Frederic Raphael (“Darling,” “Two for the Road”).

The studio and Kubrick’s agency, CAA, were said to be trying to keep the negotiations quiet because Kubrick is an intensely private filmmaker. Cruise and Kidman began negotiating two weeks ago, and word soon leaked out. The husband/wife team last worked together on “Far and Away.”

Cruise and Kidman have said that they would not work together again unless the project was an interesting love story. Sources said Kidman and Cruise flipped over the script and were anxious to work with Kubrick.

Kubrick’s next directing gig after “Eyes Wide Shut” will also be a Warner Bros, picture, the sci-fi film “A.I.,” which Kubrick has been developing for some time.

CAA reps Kubrick, Kidman and Cruise. WMA’s Ron Mardigian reps Raphael.

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