Meirelles pic has eye on talent


Daniel Craig is in talks and Julianne Moore is in negotiations to star in the Fernando Meirelles-helmed drama "Blindness" for Focus Features International.

Adapted by Don McKellar from Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago's acclaimed novel, the story chronicles an epidemic of blindness that sweeps through an unnamed contemporary city and pushes society to the brink of breakdown.

Potboiler Prods., Rhombus Media, Bee Vine Pictures and Meirelles' shingle 02 Filmes are producing. Focus is handling foreign sales for the film, which does not yet have a U.S. distribution deal.

Niv Fichman, Simon Channing-Williams and Gail Egan are producing.

Craig, whose credits include "Munich" and "Layer Cake," drew raves as the latest Agent 007 in "Casino Royale." He will reprise his role as James Bond in Sony's next installment, tentatively titled "Bond 22." Craig next appears in New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass" and Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Invasion." He is repped by CAA, ICM London and attorney Doug Stone.

Moore, whose upcoming credits include "Next" and "Savage Grace," recently wrapped a Broadway run in David Hare's "The Vertical Hour." She is handled by CAA and Management 360.