Bows of Holly
Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a last-minute change in the director of his new movie, ”End of Days,” which will start shooting next month. Peter Hyams (”Timecop,” ”The Relic”) is taking over the $100 million tale about a muscular former cop (guess who Arnold plays?) who takes on Satan when the horned one visits New York City searching for a wife. German music-video and commercial director Marcus Nispel was originally set to direct, but he reportedly left what was to be his feature debut over ”artistic differences.” Hyams, a veteran of 15 films, can’t help but have fewer differences, considering that in August Nispel gave Universal executives a list of his demands, which included that he always be allowed eight hours of sleep and that actors would not speak to him unless spoken to.
Lauren Holly plans to return to her TV roots (”Picket Fences,” ”All My Children”) by developing shows with her father through their new production company, Hollycould Prods. The ex-Mrs. Jim Carrey, who is about to start shooting Oliver Stone’s ”Any Given Sunday,” is concentrating on writing and producing and will not necessarily act in her TV projects. Her first creation is ”Once Upon a Time,” an hour-long fantasy show.
Mary Stuart Masterson (”Benny & Joon”) is another actress moving behind the TV scenes. She will develop an undetermined drama with ”ER” executive producer John Wells, who has a lucrative deal with Warner Bros. TV.
Finally, someone ALREADY behind the scenes in television is getting paid a lot of money to stay there. Andy Ackerman, who directed 92 of the 169 ”Seinfeld” episodes, has signed a five-year deal with Paramount TV worth a reported $12 million to $15 million. Not only will the onetime director of ”Frasier,” ”Cheers,” ”Wings,” and CBS’s new Ted Danson sitcom ”Becker” continue to direct sitcoms, but he will develop a new series or two as well.