Baz Luhrmann helms Alexander army for Universal, Fox --- The "Moulin Rouge" filmmaker has committed to bring producer Dino De Laurentiis' historical epic about Alexander the Great to the big screen (HR 7/23). The project, based on a trio of novels by Italian author-academic Valerio Manfredi and adapted by Oscar-winning scribe Ted Tally, will be distributed domestically by Universal Pictures with 20th Century Fox handling international rights. Luhrmann is looking to start production on "Alexander" in the first quarter of 2003 in Morocco. Luhrmann said in an interview that he has had a lifelong fascination with Alexander. With this project, the director hopes to launch a trilogy of epic films now that he has completed his musical trio -- "Strictly Ballroom," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge." --- There's a good reason to eat better, exercise more and live longer!