‘The Kid’ staying in followup picture, too

'Fat Lady' chronicles recovery from stroke

DEAUVILLE, France — Comeback kid Robert Evans said Tuesday he’s working on a followup to his autobiographical docu, “The Kid Stays in the Picture.”

The vet producer made the surprise announcement during an emotional tribute to him here at the American Film Festival on Thursday evening.

He told the audience he is working on “The Fat Lady Sang,” which chronicles his recovery from a debilitating 1998 stroke.

Evans says he is negotiating with four publishers, while Vanity Fair editor cum producer Graydon Carter — who turned his first tome into the hit docu — already has the film rights “and Paramount will probably release it.”

“Right now I can sing and dance,” Evans added. “Three years ago I couldn’t talk or eat . . . (this project) means a lot to me and I want to see it through from its writing, to its audio, to its filming, to taking it around the world to tell people ‘Hey, I did it. You can do it too.’ ”

At the outset, few in the audience seemed to know whom, exactly, Evans is. But as his producing credits, and his work on “The “Godfather” movies , were put into context with flair and admiration by the fest’s jury topper Pierre Lescure, gasps of appreciation rippled through the crowd.

Lengthy standing ovations came before and after Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein’s doc “The Kid Stays in the Picture.”

Evans, one of Paramount’s most charismatic bosses, headed the studio during its golden era in the 1970s, overseeing “Chinatown” and “Love Story.” He still has a deal with the studio and has just produced “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.

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