Director John Hughes, whose credits include "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink," will write and produce a remake of the old holiday Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street."

Scheduled to begin production early next year at 20th Century Fox, the film will be completed in time for the Christmas season in 1994. As yet, no cast members or director have been announced."Miracle on 34th Street" was originally released in 1947 and starred Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Thelma Ritter, Edmund Gwenn and the then-child star Natalie Wood. Gwenn won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in the role of a department store Santa Claus.

- ACTRESS JODIE FOSTER'S Egg Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment and 20th Century Fox have agreed to produce "Nell," starring Foster, who will also produce with Renee Missel.

"Nell," based on the play "Idioglossia," deals with a girl reared in a remote woodland cabin who speaks an impenetrable language. She is discovered by a doctor and female psychologist who guide her into modern society.

"I believe `Nell' will be my most provocative, most challenging role to date," Foster said. "I suppose I was attracted to the character because she's a part of me I've never explored before . . . a secret nature we've all lost somewhere along the line."