Composer and lyricist Jim Steinman, who has collaborated with such stars as Bonnie Tyler and Meat Loaf, is working on a film musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

"I'm hoping this will evoke something totally new," the 47-year-old Steinman said of "Whistle Down the Wind," a $15 million production of the 1961 British movie that starred Alan Bates and Hayley Mills.Steinman is writing the lyrics and co-writing the screenplay. He and Lloyd Webber are scouting directors and have mentioned Johnny Depp and Kirsten Dunst - the young co-star of "Interview With the Vampire" - as possible stars.

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Newspaper columnist William Safire 65

Singer-actor Tommy Steele 58

Comedian Eugene Levy 48