Many years before committing to play Salvador Dali in Andrew Niccol‘s Dali & I (as reported today on various sites), Al Pacino, who will play the famed surrealist, came somewhat close to making a Dali biopic with director-writer Roger Avary. The Niccol version, set during the waning years of Dali’s life, focuses on his mentor-protege relationship with a young art dealer, Stan Lauryssens (Cillian Murphy), whose book about their relationship is the basis of the film. Niccol directed S1m0ne, one of Pacino’s worst films ever, and Lord of War. Caveat emptor!