U eyes Wilson for ‘Stanford’ semester

'Shanghai' star wanted for Hynes script

Universal Pictures is in early negotiations with Owen Wilson, fresh off “Shanghai Noon,” to star in Universal/Imagine Entertainment’s comedy “Stealing Stanford.”

The script, written by Martin Hynes, revolves around a middle-class man who turns to a life of crime in order to finance his niece’s first year at Stanford U.

Wilson, repped by United Talent Agency, had appeared in “Bottle Rocket,” “The Cable Guy,” “Armageddon” and “The Haunting of Hill House” before co-starring with Jackie Chan in “Shanghai Noon.” He is next due to appear in Universal’s “Meet the Parents.”

Wilson also co-wrote “Rushmore” and “Bottle Rocket” with director Wes Anderson.

Actor-director Bruce McCulloch, a member of the sketch comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, is also in negotiations to helm “Stealing Stanford.” McCulloch, also repped by UTA, has directed “Superstar” and “Dog Park.”

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