GOOD MORNING: The long-awaited co-star teaming of Kirk and Michael Douglas is in the works — and, appropriately, for the Douglas/Reuther banner at Paramount. It’s a contemporary father-and-son drama, “A Song for David,” by screenwriter Dan Gordon. Michael gave the script to his dad to read “as a gift” pre-Christmas. Gordon delivered the script Dec. 15 and Reuther admits he was in tears when he finished reading it. Douglas pere, toujours cautious about finally doing the one-time, father-son pic, admitted, “It looks promising.” It would be one of the 12 pix the Douglas/Reuther company has for Par distribution and one of the “two to three” (the number enumerated in the pact) in which Michael would star. Meanwhile, attorneys for D/R, Par and backers, and Bodo Scriba of Germany have been burning the midnight oil for more than a week “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s” on the pact that would call for $500,000,000 in production funding and also Par’s advancing the P&A funds for each pic — and that can run to $ 20 million globally. There are no problems in the negotiations, just intricacies of the novel deal that plea$es all partie$ . The first pic, “Stuart Smalley,” is completed and next to start is “Sabrina”… Bill Clinton completed remarks before an L.A. group that included Barbra Streisand with Mike Medavoy and Irena Ward at the Miramar Sheraton, and the president proceeded to his room, where he said he was going to call Nancy Reagan to inquire about Ronnie’s condition … White House presidential personnel staffer Jay Footlik, a onetime kid actor, came to the aid of his former agent, John Frazier, who was trying to locate current client Mako — who was visiting relatives in his hometown, Kobe. Footlik contacted a U.S. embassy office in Japan and Mako was found, safe, and put on a three-way phone confab with his wife, actress Shizuko Hoshi, here in L.A.
ALTHOUGH TIM ALLEN has his choice of huge offer$ and numerous scripts to feature-film during his TV hiatus, he’s chosen to spend the time this summer with his family. Last year, you recall, he vacationed from his No. 1 show to write his No. 1 bestseller and to star in his No. 1 movie. He may, however, take a few weeks to play three-four cities in his one-man show — which he would co-write … The British are coming — and going: Joan Collins returned to L.A. and said she’s shopping for a home here again, and also for another series. But first, she’ll feature-film “Legends,” playing an out-of-work movie star co-starring with an out-of-work TV star. Nicole Conn directs and scripted. Before settling in, Collins hits the road with her latest tome, “Health, Youth and Happiness” (Dove). She says her British-made movie “Decadence” gets another edit before release here. She is here sans Robin Hullstone, who is currently in England. But, not to worry, my darlings, she says: “He’s the best relationship I’ve ever had”… And Michael Caine’s here, but briefly — to sell his house. “I haven’t been here in a year,” he admits. “And you can be sure when I sell it I’ll get three movies in a row — to shoot here.” But he modestly laughed, “I don’t have to go to work.” Caine most recently filmed the feature “Bullets to Beijing” and the TV project “Midnight in St. Petersburg,” and he’ll return to London, where he co-owns seven restaurants, with eyes on three more locations.
NOT ARRIVING IN L.A. is Isabelle Adjani, although paged to take bows here for her magnificent performance in Miramax’s lavish “Queen Margot.” Complications in her impending motherhood grounded her in Paris. However, she tells me happily (from Paris), “I am feeling much better now. I was very disappointed I was not able to arrive in L.A. earlier” to p.a. the pic. The baby’s due in April. He’s a boy, her second, she said. Would she attend the Oscars if nominated? “If my baby allows me,” she laughed. She is very flattered to have been previously nominated twice for Oscars, for “The Story of Adele H.” and “Camille Claudel.” Adjani plans to work again after the stork arrival and would travel anywhere with the baby. She reminds she’s of German-Algerian parents, and the baby’s father, Daniel Day-Lewis, is of “Russian-Jewish and Anglo-Irish background. I’m such a family person,” she laughed … Meanwhile, Ben Kingsley, here on his whirlwind p.a. tour for TNT’s “Joseph” and Fine Line’s “Death and the Maiden,” told me he’ll be back in March to join the AFI toast to Steven Spielberg. Kingsley said he and “Schindler’s List” co-stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Caroline Goodall have continued their camaraderie following the movie, “like a network of old soldiers who keep up with each other after having been in the trenches!” They’d like to work together again. Ditto, he says, of Roman Polanski and his “Death and the Maiden” co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Stuart Wilson, despite the tough movie.