Simon writing, producing telepic
This article was corrected on April 4, 2003.
Rutger Hauer and Samantha Mathis have joined the cast of TNT’s mini “Salem’s Lot,” and Jeff Daniels is in final negotiations to star opposite Patricia Heaton in the cabler’s remake of Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl.”
Simon is writing and exec producing the new take on his 1977 pic, which finds a woebegone divorcee (Heaton) sharing her Gotham apartment with a would-be actor (Daniels).
Simon, Don Saffran, Ron Ziskin and Dave Collins (“Stealing Sinatra”) are exec producing the telepic, which is a co-production between Warner Bros. TV and TNT.
Lensing is set for the summer and the made-for is slated to air in the first quarter of 2004.
As for “Salem,” Hauer and Mathis will star alongside Rob Lowe in the remake of the Stephen King novel. Lowe plays a journalist who returns to his New England hometown to find that it has become infested with vampires.
TNT is in the midst of finalizing the cast and expects to have a complete roster by mid-April, when production begins in Australia.
The original 1979 mini “Salem’s Lot,” directed by Tobe Hooper, starred James Mason and David Soul. Peter Filardi (“The Craft”) wrote the new script adaptation, and Mikael Salomon will direct. Mark Wolper and Jeff Hayes are executive producers of “Salem,” also a Warner Bros. TV production.
Mathis, repped by CAA and managed by Handprint, recently inked to star in the David Ronn and Jay Scherick midseason pilot for ABC and Touchstone.
Daniels is repped by ICM; Hauer by Innovative and Hyler Management.