Michael Douglas still hopes he can work things out with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.

According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, Douglas is keen to keep things amicable for the sake of their kids - Carys, 10, and Dylan, 13.

“Michael’s pleading with Catherine to celebrate the birthday they both share – Sept. 25 – in hopes that they can try to work things out,” said a close friend.

“Throughout their marriage, they’ve always made that day a very special occasion between them. Michael’s saying that if Catherine agrees to spend this next birthday together, he believes he can convince her that their marriage is worth saving.”

The source says Michael’s picked out a sparkly bauble with a half million-dollar price tag to gift her on their special day.