The Deal Report: July 29, 2005
Sounds like Wedding Crashers costar Jane Seymour may bare all again in her next film, Blind Guy. In the culture-clash comedy, the actress plays ”crazy Dr. Evans, a psychiatrist with frizzy grayish hair. But she has a problem,” confides Seymour. ”She has a fiery sexual creature inside of her, bursting to come out.” Yowza! Dr. Quinn fans may be shocked, but the Deal Report knows better: once a Bond girl, always a Bond girl. . . .The ubiquitous Brett Ratner will direct Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock in an as-yet-untitled heist comedy written by (shudder) New York Minute scripters Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. . . .Just what you’ve been clamoring for: 3-D CGI Smurfs! Paramount has acquired the film rights to the blue cartoon characters and hopes to develop a trilogy with Nickelodeon Movies. And the mushroom-dwelling blue folk aren’t the only ’80s toons getting the CGI feature treatment. The Weinstein Co. is teaming with Warner Bros. on a computer- animated update of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Garfield, what hath thou wrought?
After a two-decade absence from series TV, but not, ahem, movies of the week, ’80s comedy star Steve Guttenberg is psyched — psyched! — to be joining the cast of Veronica Mars next season. ”It’s like walking onto Lance Armstrong’s team,” says the honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, who will be playing Woody Goodman, a leading candidate in Neptune, Calif.’s upcoming mayoral race. ”You know you’re going to finish pretty well and just hope you can keep up with the other guys because they’re so good.”
Geraldine McCaughrean, you’ve just been chosen to write the sequel to J.M. Barrie’s 1904 story Peter Pan. Spill, spill! ”It’s going to involve the themes of exploring and dressing up, as in the fact that when children dress up, they turn into someone else.” Okay. So what else? ”I’ve got one major new character and one major new villain,” says the award-winning British author, who’s already three-quarters done. ”Actually, you don’t know if he’s good or bad, but he’s important. I’ve got a new fairy as well.” Tinker-bell grounded? Say it ain’t so!