Director Johnnie To is eyeing Orlando Bloom to star in Red Circle for France's Studio Canal, a spokesperson from To's production shingle Milkyway Image said Tuesday. While an offer has gone out to the actor, negotiations have not yet begun.

The film is a remake of the 1970 Alain Delon crime thriller Le Rouge Cercle. Longtime To collaborator Wai Ka-Fai (Mad Detective) is developing the script under the helmer's supervision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chow Yun-Fat and Liam Neeson are in negotiations to co-star in the Media Asia co-produced project, which has a reported $40 million budget and is tentatively scheduled to start production in June in Hong Kong and Macau.

Brian B.