Watts' next step: Role for Uni as land-mine activist


Naomi Watts is in negotiations to topline "My Name Is Jody Williams," a Universal drama that Audrey Wells is attached to direct.

Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing.

The screenplay by Wells tells the true story of Jody Williams, a strong-willed teacher working for a temporary employment agency who left her life in Washington to pursue an unlikely career in global activism. Almost a decade and a half later, Williams was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for leading an international campaign to eradicate land mines.

Brash and somewhat controversial, Williams famously called President Bill Clinton a "weenie" for not signing the land mine ban.

Melissa Goddard is executive producing.

Universal's Donna Langley, Peter Cramer and Maradith Frenkel are overseeing the project.

Watts, repped by CAA and Untitled, last starred in the English-language remake of "Funny Games" and "Eastern Promises." "The International," in which she stars opposite Clive Owen, is in the can. (partialdiff)