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Porn star Holmes subject of indie pic ‘Wonderland’

Biehn to star in Axiom murder movie, other pics on slate

Porn star John Holmes, whose life was ended by AIDS and who was linked to a multiple murder, will be resurrected in a movie about the killings.

Axiom Films Intl. and Daly-Harris Prods. plan to produce “Wonderland,” the story of the grisly 1981 murders of four people on Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon. Holmes, who was acquitted in the case, died March 13, 1988.

Axiom, an 18-month-old production and distrib outfit headed by Dan Neira, Gary Diamond and Cody A. Ruimy, also has acquired foreign rights to “Glory Daze,” starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. “Daze,” written and directed by Rich Wilkes, features appearances by Affleck’s “Good Will Hunting” writing partner Matt Damon as well as by Matthew McConaughey and Brendan Fraser.

“Daze,” a coming-of-age comedy, also stars French Stewart (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) and Alyssa Milano (“Fear” and “Who’s the Boss”). Filmed in Santa Cruz, Calif., “Daze” was produced by Chris Moore (“Good Will Hunting”), Aaron Weinberg and William Woodard.

In addition, Axiom has snapped up worldwide rights to Mack Polhemus’ “The Scottish Tale,” one of six recent Axiom pur-chases set for screening at Cannes.

“Tale,” produced by Ann Boehlke, who also stars in the pic, is a romantic comedy loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” It centers on a man’s struggle between loyalty to his brother and the passion he feels for his brother’s fiancee. “Tale” has shown at half a dozen fests, including Montreal.

One of the film’s elaborate costumes, a wedding gown with a 417-foot train, was exhibited at Cannes.

In “Wonderland,” Michael Biehn will play the ailing porn actor. Biehn was previously seen in “Terminator,” “Aliens,” “The Abyss” and “Tombstone,” and is starring in CBS’ “The Magnificent Seven.” Tim Daly co-stars, after appearing in NBC’s “Wings” and several films including “Diner,” “The Year of the Comet,” “The Associate” and “Denise Calls Up.”

Nick Vallelonga will direct from a script by newcomers Todd Samovitz and D. Loriston Scott. Shooting is set for fall in Los Angeles.

Axiom, based in Sherman Oaks, has also acquired Don Close’s “Made Men,” Fritzi Horstman’s “Take a Number,” Sterling Zielinski’s “Zero Hour” and Dan Neira’s “The Shoot.”

Daly-Harris Prods. is a partnership of Tim Daly and J. Todd Harris and is based at Paramount Pictures. Harris has produced six independent films since 1994, including “Denise” and Sundance entries “Lewis & Clark & George” and “Digging to China,” which has Timothy Hutton directing Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson.

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