KIM INTO SCHWING OF THINGS? Just a few months ago, Dana Carvey was complaining that partner Mike Myers hadn’t written him a big enough role in the “Wayne’s World” sequel. Now, with the long-stalled picture moving close to a June 21 start date, things are looking up for Carvey’s Garth character.
DISH hears Paramount and producer Lorne Michaels want Kim Basinger for the role of a Mrs. Robinson-type seductress out to tempt the young Garth. Basinger, who last week filed personal bankruptcy on the day she was supposed to post bond to appeal the $ 7.4 million judgment against her for pulling out of “Boxing Helena,” is currently finishing up a remake of “The Getaway.” Others considered for the role are Cybill Shepherd and Nicollette Sheridan.
Michaels also is closing in on a director. Going much the same route as he did when he tapped former “Saturday Night Live” writer Conan O’Brien to host his new NBC late night show, DISH hears Michaels is close to giving the directing job to Stephen Surjik, who has directed filmed segments in episodes of “The Kids in the Hall,” the Canadian sketchcom troupe that Michaels turned into series stars on HBO and then CBS. Sources say Surjik’s also pals with both Myers and Carvey. All the deals still have to be closed.
CARNIVORES, CARNIVALS: While the world waits to see if his “Jurassic Park” lives up to expectations, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is looking to make a movie out of a musical some might consider to be of dinosaur status. Amblin is pursuing the rights to make a film version of “Carnival,” the 1961 Broadway musical about an orphan who tags along with a small European carnival and is taken in by the performers. She falls in love with a selfish puppeteer and soon has him on a string.
The play is based on the more popular 1953 film “Lili,” which starred Leslie Caron and featured such songs as “Hi Lili, Hi Lili, Hi Low.” It’s unclear if those songs would be in the proposed Amblin film, since they weren’t used in the stage play. DISH hears Spielberg’s eyeing the film for himself, despite denials from Amblin sources. Neither Amblin nor the attorneys repping rights for the musical would comment.
CHER’S ROOTS: While Cher’s become queen of the tress, her film career has fallen into distress. So, no pun intended, she’s going back to her roots. Trying to revive her once-thriving screen career, Cher is, sources say, working with producer Marvin Worth — who produced her screen debut “Good Times” when she was part of Sonny & Cher — to develop a film based around a character similar to the one she played in “Moonstruck,” which won her an Oscar.
Worth, who has a deal at Warner Bros., where he produced “Malcolm X,” is doing a lot of business with old friends. The former manager of Lenny Bruce, and producer of both the stage and screen versions of “Lenny,” is doing a Broadway revival of that play with Alec Baldwin. He’s also developing a Persian Gulf War pic with “Lenny” star Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Prods., called “Selling the War,” for Hoffman to star in.
IINDY INTRIGUE: The makers of TriStar’s fall gridiron film “Rudy” have been flying high, and not just because the pic’s testing well. Producers Rob Fried and Cary Woods were spotted helicoptering over the Indianapolis 500 on Monday with director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, the “Rudy” team that came to prominence with “Hoosiers.”
The quartet is planning to do “Indy,” based on a script by Pizzo about the relationship between a father and son who compete in the Indianapolis 500. Anspaugh and Pizzo, who were roommates at Indiana University 25 years ago and still live in the state, have gotten a pledge of cooperation from race organizers. TriStar gets first crack at the movie.
SADDLE UP: Every leading lady in Hollywood will know how to ride a horse by the time all the wronged-female-who-turns-gunslinging-outlaw pictures come out of the corral.
Fox has filled its roster for “Bad Girls,” New Line has yet to cast “Guns and Roses,” and TriStar toplines Sharon Stone for “The Quick and the Dead.” Perhaps the biggest one is Columbia’s “Outlaws,” directed by John Duigan and produced by Denise Di Novi. Sources say Duigan has held meetings over the past two weeks with Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Juliette Lewis, Winona Ryder, Ashley Judd, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Madonna and Diane Lane.
Next week, he’ll turn in a rewrite of a script by Boaz Yakin and Cassiday Heydt, and they’ll make offers to the five desperadoes.
D.C. DINO: Why’s the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” being held next Wednesday in Washington, D.C.? Sources say it was made as a concession to Sally Van Slyke, who’s ankling after six years as senior veep of marketing/publicity/promotion at Universal.
Some studio exex get development deals on the lot, but Van Slyke’s making a name for herself in D.C. circles, and bringing Hollywood’s hottest summer film to town will cause even the most jaded Washington types to take notice. Wags are calling it “Sally’s Swan Song.” Nonsense, says Universal.
Though Van Slyke is overseeing the premiere, the studio counters that the bash’s beneficiary is the Children’s Defense Fund, whose big supporters include Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, along with MCA honcho Sidney Sheinberg and his wife, Lorraine. The CDF’s D.C. location prompted the decision to place the premiere there. It will be quite a send-off, with a screening at the Uptown Theater, then dinner for 1,100 at the Smithsonian. It’s expected to raise several hundred thousand dollars for the charity.