Murphy takes Freudian trip to 'White Hotel'

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Brittany Murphy is in negotiations to star in "The White Hotel," a long-in-the-works adaptation of the acclaimed D.M. Thomas novel. Simon Monjack is directing the movie from his own script.

The story centers on an opera singer (Murphy) who seeks out the services of Sigmund Freud in post-World War I Vienna, Austria. Haunted by hallucinatory dreams about a white hotel, she becomes Freud's famous case study Anna G. Together, they unlock the key to figuring out her memories and her premonitions of the future, which include the Holocaust.

The novel has had a long, storied journey to the screen. Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini and Nicole Kidman have been associated with the movie.

Ronald Rotholz is producing through his Rotholz Pictures shingle. The Collective's Michael Green and Shaun Redick are executive producing.

A spring shoot in Vienna and Prague is being eyed.

Murphy, who recently signed with ICM, can be heard on the big screen voicing the character of Gloria in Warner Bros. Pictures' Golden Globe-nominated hit "Happy Feet" and appears in Karen Moncrieff's "The Dead Girl." She recently wrapped production in Japan on "The Ramen Girl," in which she starred and produced, and will reprise her role as Shellie in "Sin City 2."

Murphy continues to be repped by Mosaic and Ziffren, Brittenham.
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