Schumacher back in CAA’s ranks

Helmer Joel Schumacher has returned to Creative Artists Agency, the tenpercentery he departed earlier this year in the midst of a flap over negotiations for fellow CAA client Val Kilmer’s return in “Batman and Robin.”

Schumacher had been repped in the interim solely by attorney Jake Bloom. During that period, he set up “Gossip,” an ensemble drama to be shot in 1997 after he takes a break from shooting “Batman and Robin.”

Schumacher will be repped by Bryan Lourd. The director could not be reached.

In February Schumacher left CAA and his rep Jack Rapke. Sources say Schumacher was upset over how the agency’s Rick Nicita handled negotiations for Kilmer to star first in Par’s “The Saint” and then in Warner Bros.’ “Batman and Robin,” for which WB had first position.

A conflict over scheduling evolved, and Kilmer apparently balked at donning the Batsuit again. Eventually, Warner Bros. got a new “Batman” in George Clooney.

At the time, Schumacher had no comment and did not elaborate on his reasons for leaving. He told Daily Variety then, “I have great respect and affection for a lot of people at CAA. I just wanted to hang loose for awhile.”

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