Kidman to star in, produce 'Hunters'

NEW YORK — Nicole Kidman will star in and produce a bigscreen adaptation of Jules Bass’ comic novel “Headhunters” for Fox 2000 and Regency Enterprises.

Rick Schwartz, head of Gotham-based Blueprint Films, will produce with Kidman.

Sibling scribes Jez and John Henry Butterworth have been brought on to write the screenplay, centering on four New Jersey women who jet to Monte Carlo and pretend to be rich heiresses in hopes of landing wealthy husbands. There, they are targeted by four down-on-their-luck gigolos trying to pass as wealthy playboys.

Jez Butterworth penned Kidman vehicle “Birthday Girl.”

Fox 2000 veep of production Maria Faillace will oversee the project with New Regency senior VP Kara Francis.

Fox optioned the Bass book — the author’s first novel for adults –in 1999. Author, with writing credits including kids story “Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon,” was a partner in Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment.

Earlier this summer, Fox optioned “The Bachelorette Party,” from “Legally Blonde” scribe Karen McCullah Lutz, as a potential starring vehicle for Kidman that the thesp will also produce with Schwartz and Blueprint.

Kidman recently wrapped indie pic “Fur,” inspired by seminal shutterbug Diane Arbus.

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