NEW YORK — Despite reports that a cable bow is in the works, director Adrian Lyne still hasn’t given up on finding a theatrical distributor in the U.S. for “Lolita.”
Lyne will host a screening of the movie tonight at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood.
A Showtime spokeswoman said Wednesday only that the cable net has had discussions with Pathe, which owns the film, but there’s no deal yet.
Also Wednesday, an insider said HBO had drawn the first pitch from Pathe, but passed on it. “It played more like a British art film for Cinemax than a commercial American movie that HBO could feature in its Saturday-night premiere showcase,” the source said.
Buoying the hopes of Pathe and Lyne are the mostly favorable review by Anthony Lane in the current edition of the New Yorker, and a New York Times piece by Caryn James skedded to appear in the paper’s Arts & Leisure section.
It’s not unprecedented for a movie to appear on a pay TV network before it goes into theaters. “The Last Seduction” and “Red Rock West” played on HBO before theatrical release. About a half-dozen Showtime movies have gone into limited theatrical release after their pay TV premiere, including “Twilight of the Golds” and the Kevin Bacon-directed “Losing Chase.”