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The Deal Report

MOVIES I see deals, people! Sixth Sense spookmeister M. Night Shyamalan has signed on the dotted line for two more movies at Disney. First up is The Woods, a period thriller starring Ashton Kutcher, Joaquin Phoenix, Kirsten Dunst, and a band of otherworldly forest sprites.... Dunst is also being eyed to star in an adaptation of Michael Faber's 2002 hit, The Crimson Petal and the White, about a hooker named Sugar in 19th-century London; Curtis Hanson (8 Mile) is close to directing.... Director Tim Burton (Planet of the Apes) is reportedly in talks to doompadee-doo a remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for Warner Bros.... Comedian Eddie Griffin (DysFunKtional Family) is ready to voice Babe the Blue Ox in Paul Bunyan, a part-CGI, part-live-action flick about the ax man. Heather Graham (From Hell) is also in talks to join the cast.... A new Old School? Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman's company has signed a gangbusters production deal with DreamWorks. First up: a projected sequel to this year's Will Ferrell frat comedy.... Olivier Martinez, Unfaithful's sexy beast, is joining Angelina Jolie (Playing by Heart) in a serial-killer flick, Taking Lives.... A mighty wind has blown Parker Posey (Personal Velocity) into Laws of Attraction, a divorce-attorney comedy starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan.

TELEVISION If Steven Spielberg does it, it must be cool. Director Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United) and producer Dean Devlin (Godzilla) will water-ski in the Taken maven's wake by developing Triangle, a miniseries about the Bermuda Triangle, for the Sci Fi Channel.

MUSIC They weren't kidding about that win-a-recording-contract thing. American Idol Ruben Studdard was signed by J Records' Clive Davis, who appeared on the Idol finale. The Velvet Teddy Bear's debut is due in September.

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints