The 'Kid' stays in the zeitgeist

Now that “The Kid Stays in the Picture” has opened to strong reviews, documentarians Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen are working every angle to ensure that the film’s subject, Robert Evans, will extend his stay.

They’re even developing an animated series that would provide TV audiences with the wacky adventures of a certain famously tan producer-turned-raconteur and his longtime, long-suffering English butler, Alan Selka.

To put it in toon terms, Bob would be the Dick Dastardly to Alan’s Muttley, with the butler constantly seeking to sabotage his master’s plans.

In the pilot episode, which Burnstein and Morgen are writing with a former “South Park” writer, Bob wants Alan to build a Plexiglass bridge over the swimming pool so that he can appear, Moses-like, as he walks to his outdoor screening room. Evans and Selka are providing their own voices.

Evans’ colorful life provides a wealth of material; in the 1960s, he once tried to have just such a bridge built at his Woodland estate.

While the filmmakers’ agents at Endeavor haven’t begun shopping the project yet, a sample of their vision can be seen on the movie’s Flash-animated Web site at www.thekidstaysinthepicture.com. It features a turtlenecked, bolo-tied and bobble-headed Evans that rasps out such gems as “I make headlines and I make careers” and “Guilt is the mafia of the mind.”

Says Morgen, “I won’t sleep until every kid in this country has a Bob Evans plushy doll to cuddle up to at night.”Look for a Mattel tie-in to follow shortly.

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