Crowe, Kidman & Baz Team For Romance

By Garth Franklin Thursday May 5th 2005 04:46PM

Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, whose attempt to make the all-Australian pic "Eucalyptus" failed earlier this year, are poised to try again with a period epic that Baz Luhrmann will direct according to Variety.

Formal offers haven't been made, but both are being wooed heavily by the filmmaker, who is collaborating with "Collateral" scribe and fellow Aussie Stuart Beattie on a romance being called an Australian "Gone With the Wind" and expected to be made through 20th Century Fox.

Crowe and Kidman were days away from making Fox Searchlight's "Eucalyptus" with director Jocelyn Moorhouse when the plug was pulled over Crowe's dissatisfaction with a script rewrite.

Kidman quickly hopped on the Diane Arbus biopic "Fur." Crowe has been looking for a big film to work on later this year, and Luhrmann turned to the Aussie epic only after giving up on his Alexander the Great project - at least for now.

Thanks to 'Wilkes'.