Sharon Stone is readying for a theatrical comeback, circling not one but two projects.
Thesp is negotiating to join Rupert Everett in “A Different Loyalty” for Samaha Prods. and “Liar’s Club” for producers Jean Francois Fonlupt and Frank Konigsberg.
Stone has not toplined a feature since the little-seen 2000 pics “Simpatico” and “Beautiful Joe.” She appears in Rosanna Arquette’s docu “Searching for Debra Winger,” which unspooled at Cannes this year, where Stone was a member of the competition jury.
Stone pulled out of a deal to star in the sequel to “Basic Instinct” in 2001 after the troubled project went through several directors and flirted with numerous actors to star opposite Stone. She has since filed a lawsuit against producers Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar, claiming she’s owed $14 million on an orally agreed-upon pay-or-play contract (Daily Variety, June 7).
“Loyalty,” penned by Jim Piddock, is the true story of Eleanor Philby whose husband, super-spy Kim Philby, infiltrated British intelligence for the Russians before defecting to Moscow in 1963. Marek Kanievska (“Where the Money Is”) will helm the feature, which is skedded to lense in Europe this fall. Samaha will finance and produce the pic.
“Liar’s Club,” written by Robert Schenkkan, is set to be helmed by Nadia Tass (2000 telepic “The Miracle Worker”). Story concerns a dysfunctional Texas family that splits up, gets back together, splits again and reunites.
Should Stone ink for both pics, it is not clear which would lense first.
Stone is repped by UTA.