Entertainment news for the week of June 23, 2000 -- The new ''Charlie's Angels'' won't carry guns, while the Farrelly brothers may write a film based on the '70s TV show ''Bionic Man''
Who can forget the famous opening to Charlie’s Angels: ”Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy…”? Well, apparently the makers of the new Charlie’s Angels movie can. John Forsythe (returning from the original show as Charlie himself) tells EW a new, PC intro nixes the reference to the police academy because the Angels no longer tote guns. (Star-producer Drew Barrymore is opposed to firearms.) And there’s even a bit of feminism thrown in. The intro now talks of ”very different little girls, who grew up to be very different women.” Yes, women! The change certainly wasn’t at the request of cherubic Cameron Diaz. ”I am a girl,” Diaz says. ”And I love being a girl!”
There’s something about the Bionic Man that has stirred the imagination of Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The wacky brains behind Me, Myself & Irene are planning to bring the ’70s TV action show to the big screen, with a spoofier spin and some new-millennium accommodations. In addition to the post-inflation title — The Six Billion Dollar Man — the sibs are in discussions with Chris Rock to star. The comic would play a reconstructed cyberhero trying to master his newly installed appendages while battling a rival who cost $1 billion more to build. (Rock’s publicist confirms he’s interested, but hasn’t signed on yet.) And what about the original Col. Steve Austin? ”He’s in there. It’s 25 years later, and some of his bionic parts are a little rusty, so a new one’s made,” explains Peter, who wants Lee Majors and former Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner to make cameos. The Farrellys won’t reveal why Rock’s character will need rebuilding, but judging from the zipper scene in the brothers’ There’s Something About Mary, it won’t be pretty.