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Dillon looking to go ‘Wild’

Matt Dillon is close to moving into the slot vacated by Robert Downey Jr. in Mandalay Entertainment’s “Wild Things,” sources said Thursday.

Downey was excised from the project because Mandalay and the actor couldn’t agree who would pay the seven-figure insurance premium required (Daily Variety, March 20). Downey’s recent drug problems and his criminal probation have raised his rates. Mandalay was keen on Dillon, whose reps at ICM immediately jumped at the chance. ICM agent Chris Andrews refused to comment.

Kevin Bacon has already been cast for “Wild Things,” which John McNaughton is directing.

TriStar spears Foster to assist ‘Zorro’

TriStar Pictures has dispatched producer Lucas Foster to Mexico to bring relief to the ailing production of “Zorro.” Insiders say the project has been besieged with creative difficulties.

Foster, whose deal is with Columbia Pictures, was sent down by Sony Pictures Entertainment to help the TriStar film, which shut down for six days because director Martin Campbell had bronchitis.

The $70 million film stars Antonio Banderas as the Z-slashing hero and Anthony Hopkins as his father.

Sources said that Foster went to help fill in the void for exec producers Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ste-ven Spielberg, who were tied up with DreamWorks. He is working closely with line producer Doug Claiborne and producer David Foster.

Lucas Foster, who could not be reached for comment, was also said to be helping significantly on tightening the script with screenwriter David Ward.

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