Richard Dreyfuss has been tapped to star as Fagin in Disney Telefilms Prods.’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” the first in a series of Disney movies for ABC.
Mick Jagger had been pursued for the role, but passed, sources say. “Untamed Heart” helmer Tony Bill will direct the drama, and Larry Mark is executive producer of the film, through his Laurence Mark Prods.
Other Disney Telefilms planned include:
* “The Overlanders,” Randy Kornfeld’s 1850s Western tale of two women on the Oregon Trail;
* “Miracle at Midnight,” the true story of Karl Koster, a Danish doctor who helped smuggle 7,500 Jews to Sweden to avoid Nazi persecution in 1945, produced by Davis Entertainment;
* “Safety Patrol,” a comedy about a safety patrol kid who unwittingly harms people, with Savage Steve Holland directing and writing;
* “From Garbage to Gridiron,” from Brillstein-Grey, written and directed by Tim Kelleher, about a sanitation worker becoming place kicker for the Chicago Bears;
* “Tourist Trap,” a Sandollar production with Carol Baum as executive producer, a comedy about a hapless father retracing his family’s march through the South during the Civil War, written by Andy Breckman;
* and “Tower of Terror,” a thriller written and directed by D.J. MacHale.