Cage enlisted for 2nd tour of 'Lieutenant'


Nicolas Cage will star in Werner Herzog's remake of the 1992 cult classic "Bad Lieutenant" for financier Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Pressman Film Corp. will produce the new version of its original film about a drug- and sex-addicted corrupt cop. Cage takes the role originated by Harvey Keitel, with TV police show writer Billy Finkelstein scripting. Production begins in July, with exec producer Avi Lerner promising that it will deliver as much filth as director Abel Ferrara's NC-17 original.

Ed Pressman and Stephen Belafonte will produce. Nu Image/ Millennium's Danny Dimbort, Lerner, Trevor Short and Boaz Davidson will executive produce with Elliot Rosenblatt, Alessandro Camon and Randall Emmet.

Herzog, who follows up "Lieutenant" with Focus Features' "The Piano Tuner" this year, is repped by Gersh. Cage, whose Saturn Films also is producing, is repped by CAA. (partialdiff)