Carrey, Travolta Face Classic Remakes

updated 03/12/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/12/2003 01:00PM

In the wake of Tuesday's news that Steve Martin will star in remakes of such popular old movies as "Cheaper By the Dozen" and "Topper," now come reports of two more heavyweight retreads.

Jim Carrey will remake the 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," and John Travolta is said to be seriously thinking of stepping into James Stewart's role in the remake of the 1950 comedy about the invisible rabbit, "Harvey."

And furthermore, Steven Spielberg -- yes, THAT Steven Spielberg -- will direct Carrey, 40, in the comedy about the famous daydreamer (who is actually a meek accountant), the filmmaker's spokesman tells Variety.

"Mitty" is based on a short story by the masterful James Thurber, and this film version -- which at one point was to have been directed by Ron Howard, who left it to direct "EdTV" instead -- is expected to go into production within the year.

As for Travolta -- and the six-foot-tall rabbit that only the story's main character, Elwood P. Dowd, can see (Elwood drinks a bit) -- talks are going on between the actor and MGM to make the movie, says Variety.

Until then, Travolta will star in the military drama "Basic" with his "Pulp Fiction" costar Samuel L. Jackson.

"Harvey" is an almost foolproof vehicle and was one of Stewart's best roles, with the star having played Elwood on the Broadway stage (the play, by Mary Chase, took the Pulitzer Prize) before he repeated his performance for the beloved movie.

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