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Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER
By Steve Ryfle
October 29, 2000
Now comes word from the trades that Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin will star (as Daniel Webster and author Jabez Stone, respectively), in a new adaptation of 'The Devil and Daniel Webster.' You know the story: a writer makes a bargain with the Prince of Darkness, promising his soul in 10 years if he can make the bestseller lists; when it's time to pay up, the author seeks help from Webster, a publishing magnate and intellectual giant, and a battle of wits ensues.
What's potentially cool about this project, which starts shooting in January, is that it's being made for about $25 million, which means it will probably rely on dialogue and characters, rather than cheesy action and effects a la End of Days; what's potentially not cool is that Baldwin is making his directorial debut. Don't forget to take the lens cap off, dude!