As Stanley and Bob Jaffe were scouting locations in Morocco for the Paramount/Miramax remake of 1939’s “Four Feathers,” their toplining star, Jude Law, was winging his way toward other projects.
Feathers flew at Miramax after Law demanded a $4 million payday and significant gross participation, according to people familiar with the talks — demands that Miramax, known for getting white-hot talent at civil servant wages, would not brook.
The thesp is likely, however, to cut a richer deal elsewhere, given that he’s Oscar-nommed — ironically, for his role in another Par/Miramax co-production, “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
Meanwhile, Par and Miramax are understood to have had conversations with Billy Crudup as a possible replacement, according to insiders.
“Feathers” is a remake of the Zoltan Korda tale that Hossein Amini (“The Wings of the Dove,” and, it might be noted with some interest, “Jude”) will adapt from the pre-war screenplay. Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,”) will still helm the pic.
Produced by the Jaffes’ Jaffilms, “Feathers” centers on a British officer who resigns his post just before battle and is given four white feathers by his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.
Law’s next project is unclear, for while he is still understood to be attached to the MGM pic “The Good Shepherd,” helmed by Robert De Niro and produced by TriBeCa Prods, the pic isn’t skedded to begin lensing until early 2001.
“Shepherd” follows a career CIA agent who is recruited fresh out of the Ivy League at the agency’s inception after WWII, and the toll his work takes on his life and family.
Law is repped by CAA.