Pacino plans remake

Thesp sets up 'Morningstar' at Castle Rock

Steering toward a role originally played by Gene Kelly, Al Pacino is attached to star in a remake of the 1958 Warner Bros. feature “Marjorie Morningstar” for Castle Rock Entertainment.

Pacino, who brought Castle Rock the project based on Herman Wouk’s bestselling novel, also will produce the film. A writer has not yet been hired.

Natalie Wood starred as the title heroine in the original, which follows a young Jewish girl who, with showbiz in her eyes, drops out of college to become an actress. She attends a drama camp where she falls in love with an older entertainer (Kelly).

She then caroms from his rejection to a doctor (played by Martin Balsam in the original) and eventually puts aside her aspirations to stardom for a life as a suburban housewife.

The remake will be developed under Pacino’s Chal Prods., which has a first-look deal with Castle Rock. The Oscar winner (“Scent of a Woman”) previously starred in the company’s “City Hall.”

While the film is being developed, Pacino is set to star in Michael Mann’s untitled Jeffrey Wigand tobacco industry pic for Touchstone, which he most likely will follow with Oliver Stone’s untitled pro-football film for Warner Bros. Pacino is represented by Creative Artists Agency.

(Dan Cox contributed to this report.)

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