St. Agnes' Stand: According to Variety, DreamWorks has optioned writer Thomas Eidson's Western epic St. Agnes' Stand for Martin Scorsese to direct. Charles Randolph, the former philosophy professor who wrote The Life of David Gale for Universal, is adapting the book. He also scripted The Interpreter which Sydney Pollack is in talks to direct.

The film is set in the 1860s and is the story of a reluctant hero who saves a nun and a group of children from Apache Indians.

Most recently the director of corporate affairs at Fidelity, Eidson has turned out a number of novels, including The Last Ride, the basis for the Ron Howard pic The Missing (with Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, and Val Kilmer) that's now in production at Revolution and Imagine.

Scorsese is expected to shoot the film after he wraps work on The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio and Barry Pepper. If the casting of any of Scorsese's previous films is an indication, expect to see some actors who are no stranger to Scorsese to topline St Agnes' Stand. Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert DeNiro are just a few of the good possibilities.

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Brian B.