Art Linson may have burned a few bridges with “What Just Happened?,” his 2002 tome about the travails of the film biz, but Hollywood doesn’t seem to hold a grudge.
The producer’s second book was subtitled “Bitter Hollywood Tales From the Front Line” and famously dished on the tensions and personalities involved in making several Linson-produced pics.
One might think that a tell-all that recounts everything from Linson’s battles over Alec Baldwin’s beard to the angst of trying to enlist Robert De Niro to star in “The Edge” would be kryptonite around town. But the bigscreen adaptation, being helmed by Barry Levinson, has had no trouble drawing stars willing to help skewer Hollywood’s inner workings.
De Niro is already aboard (playing the producer, not himself).
And last week Sean Penn and Bruce Willis joined the cast, as did Stanley Tucci, John Tur-turro and Kristen Stewart. Some of the thesps, including Penn, will play themselves.
In the fictionalized bigscreen take on Linson’s book, De Niro plays a producer trying to hold onto his dignity amid Hollywood machinations and the breakup of his marriage.
De Niro and Tribeca Prods. partner Jane Rosen-thal are producing with Linson. Pic is funded by a pair of Hollywood upstarts, Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, and their 2929 Prods.