There have been ongoing talks between Warner Bros. and Jim Carrey — who played the Riddler in the “Batman Forever’ installment of the studio’s biggest franchise— to step into the role of another superhero arch-nemesis. The thesp and the studio have been meeting about Carrey starring as Brainiac opposite its Man of Steel, Nicolas Cage, in the new “Superman” pic. Of course, talk is all there is at the moment. Carrey is asking for what would work out to be more than $20 million for eight weeks of work. That includes a nice backend and a cut of the merchandising. A similar deal was struck with Arnold Schwarzenegger for “Batman and Robin.” He was said to have received $25 million for six weeks’ work plus a cut of the merchandising that could ultimately result in a $35 million payday for the big guy playing the ominous Mr. Freeze (Daily Variety, June 18, 1996). UTA’s Nick Stevens reps Carrey.
Lopez: $2 mil in sight for ‘Out of Sight’
payday that Universal Pictures has dished out to up-and-coming actress Jennifer Lopez to star opposite George Clooney in Jersey Films’ comedy “Out of Sight.” Lopez had originally asked for $5 million, up from her $1 million (plus deferments) that she got from Warner Bros. for “Selena.” UTA’s Cynthia Shelton-Droke reps Lopez. Insiders said that many considerations played into the decision to give the actress such a bump in salary. (Remember that she got only about $350,000 for “Money Train” in 1995.) Not only was she right for the part, but there is a belief that she is a draw in the Latino marketplace, and, as one source pointed out, “she’s been in two back-to- back box office hits, ‘Selena’ and ‘Anaconda.’ ” Which leads one to wonder: What will the snake get for his next picture?