MR. F. AND THE WOMEN: Tom Ford has made no secret of his Hollywood ambitions, but he has managed to keep the particulars quiet — until now. According to a source with knowledge of Ford’s plans, the former Gucci creative director is days away from securing a deal to direct a remake of “The Women,” the 1939 George Cukor film based on the play of the same name by Clare Boothe Luce. New Line Cinema owns the rights to the film, and has been seeking for years to mount a new production. In October 2004, Variety reported that “Murphy Brown” creator Diane English would direct a version from her own script. Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and Uma Thurman were said to be in talks for roles, and Mick Jagger‘s film company, Jagged Films, was to produce. But the production apparently never came together, and English’s option on the title is set to expire, according to the source — clearing the way for Ford to step in. English’s agent did not respond to a request for comment, while Ford, via a spokeswoman, said he was in talks about several potential film projects, but “The Women” was not among them.

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