Cameron Diaz, whose hair-raising role in summer sleeper extraordinaire “There’s Something About Mary” has catapulted her high onto Hollywood’s A-list, is close to a deal to team with multi-Oscar winner Meryl Streep in “Success” for producer Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures.
The drama, based on an original script by husband and wife team Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, concerns an “All About Eve”-style mentor/protege relationship between two female TV network execs.
While no director has yet been tapped, “Success” is tentatively skedded for a spring shoot.
Diaz, whose previous credits included “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Mask” and “She’s the One,” has become one of the most sought-after actresses after lighting up the screen as the luminous and affable title character in “Mary.”
She recently signed on to star in Oliver Stone’s pro football pic “On Any Given Sunday,” opposite Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid and Sean (Puffy) Combs, as well as Propaganda Films’ “Being John Malkovich” opposite Malkovich, John Cusack and Catherine Keener.
Diaz also has a supporting role in the Peter Berg-helmed pitch-black comedy “Very Bad Things,” which Polygram will release this fall. Her voice will be featured in DreamWorks’ animated feature “Shrek,” which is set for a year 2000 release.
Upcoming releases for Streep, who took home best actress awards for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Sophie’s Choice,” include Universal’s Carl Franklin-helmed “One True Thing” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Dancing at Lughnasa.”
She recently inked a deal to play East Harlem music teacher Roberta Tzavaras in Miramax’s Wes Craven-helmed biopic “50 Violins.”
Diaz was repped in the deal by manager Rick Yorn of Industry Entertainment and ICM’s Nick Styne. Streep was repped by CAA.
(Chris Petrikin contributed to this report.)