Reel World: This week in Hollywood
'Nutty Professor II: The Klumps''s Eddie Murphy may remake 'The Incredible Shrinking Man,' while Hugh Grant may star in the tennis film 'Two Weeks in Love'
COURT TIME Universal is looking to serve up Hugh Grant in Two Weeks in Love, a romantic comedy about a low-ranked tennis player who miraculously makes it to the Wimbledon finals in the last tournament of his career. Screenwriters Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin (Madeline) first met with Grant two years ago, after the actor read a script producer Scott Rudin bought from them. ”[Grant] came to us with ideas,” says Levin, who remembers him pitching an adaptation of the ’70s television show The Persuaders, which starred Roger Moore. ”But none of them appealed to us, and frankly, we didn’t think they were right for him, either.” But when the screenwriters (who are married) hit upon the tennis idea, Grant gave them the go-ahead. While Flackett and Levin have expressed interest in directing, the couple’s larger concern, says Levin with a laugh, is that ”Grant do it while he’s still [young enough] to be comfortable with the athleticism of the role.”
DIMINISHING RETURNS Director Peter Segal and producer Brian Grazer have proven that Eddie Murphy is worth his weight in box office gold with Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Now they’re planning on cutting the actor down to size with a remake of The Incredible Shrinking Man. ”I had the project before Nutty II and Eddie liked it,” says Grazer. ”When things were going so well on Nutty, we thought, ‘Why not have Pete do it?”’ Segal, who is writing the script with partner Fred Wolf, plans on using special effects to stretch Murphy to a towering 6’10” at the beginning of the film, and then shrink him ”to the size of a germ.” They hope to begin filming next March in New York.