The Tortilla Curtain: According to Variety, Kevin Costner and Meg Ryan will team in The Tortilla Curtain, a Dayan Ballweg-scripted adaptation of the T.C. Boyle novel.

Stone Village's Scott Steindorff will produce the film with Costner, and they are mobilizing financing for a late-fall start in Malibu.

Steindorff and Costner are already producing Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, which Costner intends to helm as well as topline.

They are out to directors on "Tortilla," the story of two families, one wealthy and experiencing suburban angst, the other illegal immigrants from Mexico trying to make a new life for themselves. The two clans cross paths in a hit-and-run accident. Pic will cost $20 million; no studio is yet attached.

Costner will take the job after completing work on an untitled Warner Bros. comedy scripted and being directed by Ocean's Eleven scribe Ted Griffin.

Brian B.