Disney dumped ''Rush Hour'' franchise
Plus, a Joan Rivers-penned script gets a second look, and more
PASSING ‘HOUR’ Man, did Disney screw up when it dumped ”Rush Hour.” Soon after Jackie Chan signed on, the studio put the project in turnaround, says producer Arthur Sarkissian, because it ”felt his pictures hadn’t proven successful domestically, and a $20 million [budget] was too much.” Sarkissian took the movie to New Line, which not only scored big bucks (the movie earned $141 million), but also a franchise. While ”Rush Hour 2” doesn’t open until Aug. 3, the filmmakers are already batting around ideas to turn the franchise into a trilogy. Rush, rush, rush?
GIRL TIME Joan Rivers may finally get to walk, not just work, the red carpet: Her script for the 1973 TV movie ”The Girl Most Likely To?” (which starred Stockard Channing as a former ugly duckling wreaking vengeance on her tormentors) has been rediscovered by director Robert Luketic (”Legally Blonde”). The film will be set in the world of morning talk shows, and Luketic says he’s aching to cast Renée Zellweger or Cameron Diaz: ”Cameron rocked my world when she put those little panties on and danced around in ‘Charlie’s Angels.”’ And they say there are no good roles for women in Hollywood.
YOU’RE ENTITLED All right, we’re impressed. After asking you to come up with new titles for Jordan Brady’s ”An American Girl,” the drama starring Jena Malone and Brad Renfro as kids who picnic at a penitentiary, more than 350 of you responded. Reel World readers think alike — or you’re humongous cheaters — since there were repeated votes for our faves: ”Cellebration,” ”Family Time,” ”An Inside Outing,” and ”Life’s No Picnic.” (And then, of course, there’s the one that made us cackle: ”Penal Dysfunction.”) Alas, a grateful but persnickety Brady says they don’t quite hit the spot, although, he adds, ”the people who came up with ‘Cellebration’ will get free tickets to the movie — whatever it’s called.”
Additional reporting by William Keck