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NEW YORK — Jennifer Lopez is negotiating to star in Revolution Studios’ romantic comedy “The Chambermaid,” the John Hughes-scripted modern retelling of Cinderella. Hughes will produce the film, with a tentative start date of winter 2002.

In the romantic comedy, Lopez will play a young dreamer who takes a job as a chambermaid in a luxury hotel in an attempt to better her life. There she meets a princely British guest, and the pair fall in love, which makes the man determined to find her when she abruptly ankles the job.

Project originally was set up as a directing project for Hughes, and Hilary Swank was expected to star. That plan has changed, as Hughes will only produce and Swank is no longer involved.

Lopez, who most recently completed the Michael Apted-directed thriller “Enough,” could conceivably take another project first. She has a number of offers, believed to include another Revolution film, the Martin Brest-directed “Gigli,” which stars Ben Affleck. She also is aligned with the drama “Taking Lives,” which director Tony Scott is circling, as well as the Columbia thriller “Tick Tock,” for which a number of directors, including “Blade” helmer Steve Norrington, have been mentioned. Lopez also is developing an NBC variety special that will showcase her hit album “J. Lo.”

“The Chambermaid” is being shepherded at Revolution by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, who represented Lopez as an agent at ICM before moving over to become an exec at Joe Roth’s production company. Lopez is repped by ICM and Handprint Entertainment.