Helmer Mike Nichols, whose HBO adaptation of Margaret Edson’s “Wit” bowed last weekend, is looking to bring another Pulitzer Prize-winning play to the pay cabler: Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”
Nichols and HBO are trying to nail down rights to the source material, which in 1994 appeared to be headed to the bigscreen as a Fine Line pic helmed by Robert Altman. That version never took flight, however.
Should HBO snag the rights to “Angels,” Nichols would direct the project, most likely as a miniseries. The stage show ran six hours over two evenings.
In 1994, Al Pacino was mentioned as a candidate to play attorney Roy Cohn in the Fine Line feature. His name has been mentioned again in connection with the potential HBO adaptation; Meryl Streep also has been buzzed about for a role.
Pacino, Streep and Nichols all are repped by CAA, which may be one reason for the very early speculation.
HBO, which recently inked a first-look deal with Nichols (Daily Variety, March 22), has experience developing long Pulitzer-winning plays: The cabler still is working on a possible small-screen version of Robert Shenkkan’s “The Kentucky Cycle,” though Kevin Costner is no longer attached.
An HBO rep declined to comment.