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Lopez "Maid'' For Slipper

Jennifer Lopez is negotiating to star in “The Chambermaid,” a modern retelling of the Cinderella story.

John Hughes, best known as the director of such dramas as “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” will write and produce the romantic comedy for Revolution Studios, with a tentative start date of winter 2002. Hughes was also initially set to direct the film, which would have been his first time behind the camera since 1991’s “Curly Sue.”

Lopez will play a young dreamer who takes a job as a chambermaid in a luxury hotel in an attempt to better her life. There she meets a princely British guest, and the pair fall in love, which makes the man determined to find her when she abruptly quits the job. The project originally was set up with Hilary Swank to star.

Lopez, who most recently completed the thriller “Enough,” for director Michael Apted, could conceivably take another project first. She has a number of offers, believed to include another Revolution film, the Martin Brest-directed “Gigli,” which stars Ben Affleck. She also is aligned with the drama “Taking Lives,” which director Tony Scott is circling, as well as the Columbia thriller “Tick Tock,” for which a number of directors, including “Blade” helmer Steve Norrington, have been mentioned. Lopez also is developing an NBC variety special that will showcase her hit album “J.Lo.”

Lopez’ recent feature credits include “Angel Eyes,” “The Wedding Planner” and “The Cell”

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