Hollywood bosses are desperate to sign A-list beauty Kirsten Dunst for a
big-screen adaptation of MICHAEL FAUBER's novel THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE
- which focuses on a London prostitute.
Curtis Hanson is in final negotiations to direct the movie, which was
specifically written as a starring vehicle for the Spiderman actress.
But COLUMBIA PICTURES still haven't secured a deal with Dunst.
Set in London during the 1860s, the story centres on a 19-year-old
prostitute named SUGAR. Her yearning for a better life begins to become a
reality when she finds herself the secret mistress of a member of a powerful
Producer LAURA ZISKIN says, "Even though it's a Victorian novel, it has a
"It's about a woman who is in many ways ahead of her time. It's a very
surprising, very triumphant and very sexy story."