Press Archive | October 28th 2003

Otto boards flight on Fox's 'Phoenix' redo

"Lord of the Rings" veteran Miranda Otto is in negotiations to star opposite Dennis Quaid in the 20th Century Fox remake of "The Flight of the Phoenix." Otto will play a geologist in the action thriller, which is being directed by John Moore. The original 1965 "Phoenix" revolved around a plane crash in a North African sandstorm and the efforts of the crew to build a plane from the wreckage. The updated version represents a reinvention of the original, with contemporary circumstances set in the Mongolian desert. John Davis, Bill Aldrich and Alex Blum are producing "Phoenix," while Fox's Emma Watts is overseeing the project for division topper Hutch Parker. Otto, who most recently appeared in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," returns to the big screen Dec. 17 in the final installment of the "Rings" trilogy, "The Return of the King." She also appears in the upcoming comedy "Danny Deckchair." Otto is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Sydney-based Shanahan Management. (Josh Spector)