Whoopi Goldberg is moving from the stage back to the bigscreen in two films that will have the actress jumping between productions.
Goldberg will simultaneously film Mandalay Entertainment’s “Deep End of the Ocean” opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams, and 20th Century Fox’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” opposite Angela Bassett.
Goldberg is in final negotiations to start “Deep End” in October for a nine-week shoot with Ulu Grossbard at the helm. She is however, putting the final touches on a deal for “Stella” in which she’ll play the best friend to Bassett’s character. It’s not clear how many days or weeks that part entails, but insiders said both productions will be working together to accommodate the roles.
Goldberg just starred in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on Broadway, having stepped in for the departing Nathan Lane on Feb. 11.
“Deep End” is the adaptation of the Jacquelyn Mitchard novel about two parents whose child has been kidnapped. The couple moves away but when they return they discover that the son has been living nearby the entire time. Goldberg will play a lesbian cop who helps Pfeiffer and Williams through the ordeal.
The project will be produced by Mandalay and Pfeiffer’s Via Rosa partner Kate Guinzberg.
“Stella” is being helmed by first-time feature director Kevin Rodney Sullivan and produced by the same team behind Fox success “Waiting To Exhale,” also a Terry McMillan book. Ron Bass and McMillan reteamed to script “Stella” and the project also is being produced by “Exhale” producer Deborah Schindler.
The story is about a divorced working mother who takes a trip to Jamaica where she falls in love with a much younger man.
Goldberg next will be seen on television with Whitney Houston and Brandi in Walt Disney Television’s “Cinderella” for ABC. Her last film roles were “Bogus,” “The Associate” and “Eddie.”
Goldberg’s deals are being hammered out by the William Morris Agency’s Arnold Rifkin and John Fogelman.