Par, Hanson in talks for ‘Boys’ helm

Helmer may join U's 'Family'

NEW YORK — Since he helmed the critically acclaimed noir drama “L.A. Confidential,” every studio has been vying to get Curtis Hanson’s next film. The victor might well be Paramount, which is negotiating to have Hanson direct Michael Douglas in “The Wonder Boys,” a Steve Kloves-scripted (“Fabulous Baker Boys”) adaptation of a Michael Chabon novel to be produced by Scott Rudin.

Hanson has also been in serious talks about another project, the Beacon Communications film “Family Man” starring Nicolas Cage for Universal. But Cage is booked to star for Martin Scorsese in “Bringing out the Dead,” another Rudin-produced pic, and Hanson wants to make a picture. Hanson apparently sparked to “The Wonder Boys” and is in talks to put “Family Man” off and direct Douglas first. No deal has yet been set.

In “The Wonder Boys,” Douglas will play the author of a wildly successful novel who’s trying to write another but is feeling the crushing weight of the first success and having trouble getting started.

Hanson is repped by UTA.

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