‘House’ reoccupied

Ullmann eyes Blanchett for Ibsen update

Actress-helmer Liv Ullmann is planning a $10 million screen adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” with an international cast.

The Norway-U.S. co-production will be shot in English, Ullmann told a press conference Wednesday at the Copenhagen Intl. Film Festival, where she accepted a lifetime achievement award.

Ullmann hopes to sign Cate Blanchett and said she will start production in 2005, when Blanchett is available. Ullmann also said she is in talks with John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.

She has written a script based on the 1879 play about a woman who leaves her husband and children to seek a new life. Norway’s Dinamo Story will produce the project with Gerald Rafshoon Prods.

Anniversary release

Pic will be released in 2006, the 100th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Before then, Ullmann will direct another English-language film from her script based on “The Journey Home” by Icelandic author Olaf Olafsson.

“But this does not mean that I plan to start a career in Hollywood. There is not enough liberty there,” Ullmann said.

Ullmann next will appear in Ingmar Bergman’s telepic “Saraband,” which she describes as her last role as a thesp, and Bergman, 85, says is his last film as a director.

“I believe him,” Ullmann said, “but he’ll continue to write, and maybe I’ll get the chance to direct something he has written.”

“Saraband” will be shown on Swedish pubcaster SVT in the fall or early next year; it is still awaiting a decision on a possible theatrical release.

Pic is a follow-up to Bergman’s 1973 feature “Scenes From a Marriage.”