GOOD MORNING: “The Double” is undergoing “damage control” to retain another co-star, Isabelle Adjani. Tuesday, director Roman Polanski, producer Lili Fini Zanuck and Todd Black of Mandalay were trying to work out whatever problems exist with the actress so she will be on hand for her July start date. They would not describe what the problem is, and her CAA agent Josh Lieberman would only say, “I don’t think that any decision has been made. Nothing has been decided.” About what? … Meanwhile, the “Double” production trio tells me they are very happy with Steve Martin’s arrival. “We are thrilled to have him,” said Zanuck. “He is an incredibly gracious man.” They were supposed to have a new start date of June 24 — but since Martin just got to Paris, getting wardrobe, etc., may delay it again. They would not say how much the delays have so far cost the production … John Goodman, who is in Paris to co-star in “Double,” will not see his name appear on the Emmy nomination ballot for ‘Roseanne,” although all other cast members are included. As reported here June 11, Candice Bergen chose to have her name omitted from the “Murphy Brown” group on the nominee ballot, having won five times. But howcum Goodman decided to be an absentee? He felt his work on the series (this year?) “was not of the caliber” making him deserving of an Emmy or a nomination. You recall, he’s received seven nominations to date — since the series’ start — but he’s yet to win one. Meanwhile, Goodman agreed to have his name submitted for a supporting actor Emmy possibility for his work as Mitch in CBS’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Jessica Lange, Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane, which Glenn Jordan directed. What about Goodman’s return to “Roseanne”? He will go back “in one form or another.” You recall his character had a heart attack in the cliffhanger. It’s anticipated he will “recuperate” for six or seven segs — all depending on the “windows” of his feature work. He’ll be in “The Double” until Sept. — assuming no further delays.
GOING ASHORE WITH “20,000 LEAGUES Under the Sea”: Richard Crenna will star in Robert Halmi’s Hallmark CBS vidpic version of the Jules Verne classic as marine biologist Professor Arronax. But, all the scenes will be shot on a Pinewood stage, with Mickey Anderson directing. Crenna was happy to get the news of the location: He says he was to have shot it in Malta, where they have an enormous tank. Ironically, Crenna was in Malta last year filming “Lost City of Atlantis.” Crenna became available for the Halmi epic when his pilot,”Texas Graces,” didn’t get a CBSlot this fall … Bud Grant’s feature “Last Letter to Sarajevo” is being readied at Par, where the studio told him they’d like Tom Cruise or John Travolta for the lead. (Who wouldn’t want either one for anything?) It’s the true story of American newsman Eric Adam, who fell in love with Bosnian Olympic runner Mirsada Buric after watching her tell her plight on TV from the Barcelona Olympics. A European femme co-star would be sought — good for overseas box office appeal, natch. Grant has a bigscreen WB deal, but for first look only. And it includes a 1997 version of the ’67 “Up the Down Staircase.” Janet Jones is scripting the updated version. Also at WB is Grant’s planned Little Richard biopic, with Felix Alcala to direct. And Grant’s also readying the biopic of ex-Mafioso warlord Sonny Gibson. Grant — an alumnus of CBS, where he headed the net’s feature division after running their gameshows, including “The Price Is Right,” “Gambit” and “The Joker’s Wild”– is developing an Internet gameshow with Herman Rush and Ray Katz’s banner … Bruce Boxleitner’s syndie’d “Babylon 5” has been renewed for 22 segs — and wife Melissa Gilbert will guest in two of ’em. She’s in Calgary in the “Harvest of Lies” vidpic with Dennis Weaver; he’s also grand marshal of the Stampede while there TV’ing.
THE AUDIO PUBLISHERS’ first Audie Awards went to Robin Williams’ “Jumanji” for children’s title, Jonathon Kozol’s “Amazing Grace” beat out the Pope’s audio book “Crossing the Threshold,” and Charles Kuralt’s “America” won for best non-fiction (abridged) … Frances Fisher bows in Caryl Churchill’s play, “Three More Sleepless Nights,” Saturday at the McCadden. This is Fisher’s return to stage after eight years … Katharine Kramer and Anita O’Day are at the Viper Room June 20; Kramer’s readying the O’Day bio for stage and screen … And Victor (sports) Awards presenters, June 29 on Prime Sports Net (benefiting the City of Hope Medical Center and Beckman Research) include Paul Anka, James Belushi, Shari Belafonte, Daniel Benzali, Wayne Newton, William Devane, Dennis Franz, Vanna White, Florence Henderson, Norm Crosby and Fred Williamson, to name a few … The Beastly Ball at the L.A. Zoo, which was the late Gloria (Mrs. Jimmy) Stewart’s pet charity, this year raised over $300,000. Grant Tinker presented Betty White with the award for dedicating her life to the protection and preservation of all animals. Who could be more deserving?