Oscar winning writer-director Paul Haggis (”Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”)’is tentatively signed to film Quincy Jones’ 25th anniversary edition of “We Are the World.”
I told you last week that Jones and Lionel Richie were hoping to pull this effort off on Feb. 1 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The plan is still moving forward, although there’s an outside chance of a change of date due to a scheduling conflicts with the dozens of artists who want to participate.
AEG Live, which is helping put this together, didn’t return calls yesterday. I am told that several different corporate sponsors have voiced an interest in joining in, especially since this time “We Are the World” will help Haiti relief. It’s a great idea.
Haggis has an interest in Haiti. His Arists for Peace and Justice have been raising money for the beleaguered country for the last few years, even auctioning off art for the cause. Haggis (who’s Canadian and American, contrary to wire reports that he’s British) flew to Haiti last week to help in the aid effort.
Haggis, by the way, just finished shooting a new film with Russell Crowe in Pittsburgh.