D’Works taps Lili Taylor for ‘Hill’

De Bont remake of ghost pic gives thesp 1st lead role

Indie film queen Lili Taylor is in talks to star in Jan De Bont’s remake of “The Haunting of Hill House” for DreamWorks, the studio confirmed.

It marks the first time that Taylor has been offered the lead in a studio picture. She had a supporting role in Ron Howard’s “Ransom” for Universal.

DreamWorks is tentatively planning to release “The Haunting of Hill House,” based on the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, at Christmas 1999.

Susan Arnold and Donna Roth of Roth/Arnold Prods. are producing. David Self is scripting.

The original 1963 feature, titled “The Haunting,” was directed by Robert Wise and starred Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn. Pic tells the story of a group of people who gather in an old house to determine whether a ghost is inside.

Currently on screens as an avaricious art dealer in John Waters’ “Pecker,” Taylor is a mainstay of independent films. In 1995 the Sundance Film Festival awarded the thesp its first special grand jury prize for her work in “Girls Town,” “Cold Fever” and “I Shot Andy Warhol,” in which she played would-be assassin Valerie Solanas.

Taylor’s other film credits include “Household Saints,” “Illtown,” “Short Cuts” and “Mystic Pizza.”

Taylor will next appear in Fox Searchlight’s “The Impostors,” directed by and starring Stanley Tucci.

She is repped by her manager, Jason Weinberg, and agents Michelle Stern and Frank Frattaroli at the William Morris Agency.

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