Hayden Christensen is in negotiations to take the lead in the remake of Mona Lisa.
Larry Clark will direct the project, budgeted at about $8m and set to shoot in New York from March 2009. Clark also wrote the script with David Reeves.
The original 1986 Mona Lisa, directed by Neil Jordan, won Bob Hoskins as Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a small-time chauffeur who delves into the London underbelly with a high-class call girl.
Ryan said Christensen, who is currently shooting Bone Deep for Screen Gems, was at the right career point for such a meaty role. “The character has got a tough edge to him but he’s got to have some of that vulnerability,” Ryan said.