Cougars: According to Variety, Gold Circle Films has set Sharon Stone to star in Cougars, a romantic comedy about a 40ish woman who falls for a 27-year-old man.

Gold Circle will finance the film, which will shoot next year.

"Cougar" is a term used for a woman in her 40s who is wealthy, single and susceptible to the charms of younger men.

"This is a phenomenon that has been sweeping the southern states of America and seems to be spreading," Brooks said. "There are cougar night parties. It's a fascinating subculture that lends itself to a romantic comedy."

Stone will play a divorced municipal executive with a 15-year-old daughter who meets a 27-year-old man who needs favors from her government office in order to get his business under way.