ICM's Freeman a free agent

Veteran agent George Freeman is expected to ankle his post at ICM imminently.

Freeman’s client list, which includes such names as Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, would be a significant loss for ICM and a score for any rival agency looking to ante up.

As of late Monday, no future destination had been named for Freeman, though several sources suggested the William Morris Agency would be a logical next home for the agent because of his long-standing relationship with WMA topper Jim Wiatt and that agency’s Dave Wirtschafter.

Freeman’s exit would be the third ICM has suffered in recent weeks: TV packaging chief Paul Haas, a vet ICMer, is set to depart within a month, while book agent Alicia Gordon, is also leaving. Gordon is expected shortly to land at WMA.

– Christian Moerk

Spielberg silent (almost) on project

Steven Spielberg remained coy Monday as to what his next project will be, but strongly hinted that “Minority Report” is still in contention.

In response to questions following the announcement of nominees for the Directors Guild of America’s award for outstanding directorial achievement, he said: “Tell me what you’d like me to direct. I’m open to suggestions.”

Spielberg is believed to be close to a decision on which project, including British children’s story “Harry Potter,” science-fiction thrillers “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise and “A.I.,” following the longest gap in his three-decade career. When asked specifically about “Harry Potter,” he responded by calling it a “remarkable” series of books.

“I’m interested and I’m talking to people about it,” Spielberg said. “But I’ve been working for the last year and three months with Tom Cruise and Scott Frank on ‘Minority Report,’ and that’s the film I continue to focus on right now.”

– Dave McNary

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