Lucas says he is not interested in breaking box-office records and that he wants the new film to be a "quality presentation and a positive group experience".
FIVE YEARS ago, the idea of Wes Craven directing Meryl Streep would have been little more than a delicious joke. Today, however, the double- Oscar-winning actress could do with a hit.
The director of 50 Violins, which is a big-screen adaptation of the Oscar- winning documentary Small Wonders, originally had Madonna lined up for the lead role.
The singer had been due to play a single mother who, drawing upon her experience as a violin teacher in east Harlem, established an unlikely but successful music programme for inner-city children.
A month before shooting began, however, Madonna dropped out. Streep, perhaps scenting a third Oscar in the tale's sentiment, has been signed up to replace her.
WOODY HARRELSON'S attempts to secure a retrial for his father, convicted of murder in 1979, have hit the buffers thanks to a game of basketball.
The US District Judge Fred Biery had been due to preside over a hearing to decide whether Charles Harrelson should be granted a new trial. The problem arose when Biery admitted to having played a 30-minute game of "one on one" with Woody a couple of weeks before.