David Caruso and ''The Gingerbread Man'' made movie news the week of September 26, 1997

By Gregg Kilday
September 26, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

TWO OF A KIND David Caruso’s post-NYPD Blue bid for movie stardom failed when 1995’s Kiss of Death and Jade tanked. The two other features he made before returning to prime time will soon be coming to a video store near you. Cold Heart, a revenge thriller, has been cooling its heels at 20th Century Fox since it was completed in July 1996. Apparently it will play a few theaters before it hits the shelves. His heist flick Body Count has been on Gramercy’s release slate since it finished shooting last January; now, according to sources, it looks likely to head straight home.

FURTHERMORE PolyGram will release Robert Altman’s original 109-minute cut of The Gingerbread Man after all. The director threatened to remove his name from the John Grisham-scripted thriller after the company reedited the film following lackluster test screenings. Opening date has been pushed from Oct. 3 to early ’98…. Composer Danny Elfman (Men in Black) has signed a deal to write, produce, and direct films for Disney, for which he’s also scored the upcoming Robin Williams comedy Flubber.