Kidman near ‘Magic’ pact

Could be next project after 'Eyes' wraps

NEW YORK — Nicole Kidman hasn’t yet extricated herself from Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” but she’s in negotiations to join Sandra Bullock in “Practical Magic,” the Griffin Dunne-directed film based on the Alice Hoffman novel.

Denise DiNovi is the producer and Robin Swicord and Akiva Goldsman wrote the script. Bullock is exec producing and Swicord is co-producer.

Kidman and her husband Tom Cruise are two of the most employable actors in Hollywood, but they’ve been off the market since Kubrick began production on “Eyes Wide Shut” in November 1996. Even if it makes its current projection of a mid-January stop date, Kubrick’s film will arguably be the longest studio production of a movie since “Cleopatra.”

“Eyes” and “Magic” are both WB films, and “Magic’s” February start date might require studio chairman and co-CEO Terry Semel to apply some gentle pressure on Kubrick to wrap things up. Semel is believed to be about the only WB exec to hold a strong relationship with the reclusive directing genius.

Kidman has had no shortage of offers, including a major lobbying effort by Sean Connery to join him in “Entrapment,” the Fox drama that Connery’s producing and Anton Fuqua is directing. Sources said Kidman might well do that film, but “Magic” will be her next. It’s a dark comic fable about two sisters who practice magic and find love in contemporary New England.

Kidman is repped by CAA’s Rick Nicita and Kevin Huvane, and managed by Marc Epstein.

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