Cruz charts course into 'Sahara' pic
Penelope Cruz is in negotiations to star opposite Matthew McConaughey
in Crusader Entertainment's big-screen adaptation of Clive Cussler's
1992 novel "Sahara" for director Breck Eisner. The project will begin
production in the fall, with Paramount Pictures
distributing. "Sahara" is the first installment of the author's best-
selling Dirk Pitt series, about an intrepid adventurer and explorer.
The book centers on Pitt (McConaughey) searching the Sahara for a
toxin that is killing marine life. Cruz will play a Latina
neurologist who falls for Pitt. McConaughey will executive produce
the project with Gus Gustawes, his producing partner in their j.k.
livin prods. Cruz, repped by CAA and Katrina Bayonas of Kuranda
Films, next stars opposite Halle Berry in "Gothika." (Zorianna Kit)