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Travolta may play 'Solitaire'

John Travolta is circling MGM’s “Quiller Solitaire,” the feature adaptation of an installment in Adam Hall’s series of novels about a British agent.

United Artists acquired the James Bondish property in 1996, but MGM has now put the Gary Luchessi-produced project on the fast track with hopes of turning the property into an action-adventure franchise.

“Quiller” is now out to directors; Travolta’s participation is contingent upon who helms the piece as well and its appeal to him compared with the other projects he’s eyeing. Those include “Travel Agent” at Columbia, which would satisfy the settlement Travolta made for bailing out of the Roman Polanski-directed “The Double”; Bel Air Entertainment’s “Steinbeck’s Point of View,” which is also seeking a director; the Jimmy Roselli biopic “Standing Room Only,” a Travolta pet project that currently lacks a distributor; and the sequel to “Battlefield: Earth.”

Travolta recently wrapped Nora Ephron’s “Numbers” for Paramount.


— Dana Harris

‘Mission’ trailer to bow on rumor sites

In a move to build buzz for its upcoming actioner, Paramount said Tuesday it plans to bow the full trailer to “Mission: Impossible 2” on three movie rumor sites one day before launching it on the pic’s official site.

Trailer for the Tom Cruise pic will be available to download on Coming Attractions, Dark Horizons and Ain’t It Cool News on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PST.

The same trailer won’t be available on MissionImpossible.com until Friday at 8 a.m.

Fox most recently used the Web as the venue for the exclusive bow of the teaser trailer to “X-Men,” Columbia used it to introduce a teaser trailer to “Final Fantasy,” and Universal made news uploading the first footage from its remake of “Psycho” online last year. But Par’s move may signal the first time that one of Hollywood’s major players has given content over to the same sites that have been able to kill their pics with bad buzz.

Paramount declined to comment.


— Marc Graser

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