Roberts eyed for WB's 'Liberty'
Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub have sent a draft script of the romantic heist project “33 Liberty Street” to Julia Roberts. Sources said the studio would agree to pay Roberts’ full fee if she says yes.
Helmers Thaddeus O’Sullivan (“Nothing Personal”) and Adrian Lyne (“Lolita”) have been attached to “33”; the latter is still circling the project.
Plot concerns a thirtysomething wanna-be mob wiseguy. Knowing he will never get “made” by the Cosa Nostra, he passes his time daydreaming about pulling off a big heist to get in the club.
One lucky day, he meets a beautiful woman who works at the Federal Reserve Bank, seduces her and plots to rob the it, but his involvement with her starts to compromise his mission.
Original script was written by Peter Doyle (repped by Becsey/Wisdom/ Kalajian), and the draft sent to Roberts’ ICM reps was rewritten by Jack Olsen, who is repped by CAA.
Weintraub produces “33” with Lou Arkoff and Willie Kutner.
— Christian Moerk and Claude Brodesser
Fox slots 3 summer pix
It’s beginning to look a lot like … summer.
Yes, Yuletide is more than just the kickoff of awards season. It’s also when many pics’ summer release dates are set.
Fox announced slots Thursday for three key films. “Titan A.E.” will bow June 16, “Me, Myself and Irene” on June 23 and “X-Men” on July 14.
Warner Bros. has just set July 21 for its sequel to “Pokemon.” The original bowed Nov. 10 and has grossed $81.1 million to date.
Few pics have firm summer dates, and those few on the docket could easily change. May 12 has bows listed for Universal’s “Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” and Warners’ “Battlefield Earth.”
The following weekend, May 19, will see Disney’s animated “Dinosaur”; Par’s “Mission: Impossible 2” is slated for May 24.
— Dade Hayes
Chappelle’s a standup guy
Comic-thesp Dave Chappelle is reconnecting with his standup roots.
After finding bigscreen success in a string of features, including “The Nutty Professor,” “Blue Streak” and “Con Air,” Chappelle has now signed to do an hourlong comedy spec for HBO. The special is set to tape in May for air sometime in 2000.
To get ready for the gig, Chappelle has returned to the standup circuit, touring clubs around the country. He’s also continuing his feature career: He’ll next be seen opposite Norm Macdonald and Danny DeVito in U’s “Foolproof.”
Chappelle is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Nina Shaw of Del, Shaw, Blye and Moonves.
— Josef Adalian