White Noise: According to Variety, Barry Sonnenfeld has teamed with Cherry Road Films for his longtime passion project, Don DeLillo's White Noise, which he will direct and produce.

Also for Cherry Road, he will direct Donald Westlake's Money for Nothing, with Taxi scribe Jim Kouf aboard to adapt.

Sonnenfeld first optioned "White Noise" -- winner of the 1985 National Book Award -- in 1999, while still based at Disney with then-partner Barry Josephson. Stephen Schiff adapted the script.

Sonnenfeld told Daily Variety that casting would begin immediately. In the meantime, he's hoping that DeLillo's book will regain sole claim over its title, "White Noise." It's currently sharing the moniker with a Gold Circle/Senator Intl. thriller that stars Michael Keaton and will be released through Universal Pictures in January.

"White Noise" is a dark comedy in which a professor must contend with a wife who's possibly drug-addled, four kids who are too progressive for anyone's good and a chemical plant that has accidentally released a cloud of potentially lethal gas.

"Money for Nothing" is likewise a dark comedy, but about a young New Yorker who discovers a foreign rogue group has mistakenly identified him as a sleeper agent.

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Brian B.