Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt is planning to remake 1955 James Dean movie EAST OF EDEN and play the lead role.

The actor has approached the estate of classic author JOHN STEINBECK in a bid to secure movie rights to the novel, which inspired the OSCAR-winning flick about two Californian brothers who compete for the love of their father.

A Hollywood source tells the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, "Remaking a classic is a daunting prospect. Brad has to think it through."

Steinbeck's novel recently surged up the American best-sellers list after being recommended by talk show host and literary connoisseur Oprah Winfrey.

14/08/2003 01:41