NEW YORK — Howard Rosenman and Carol Baum, who for six years steered Sandollar and produced such films as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Father of the Bride,” have wedded again to form Howard and Carol Prods., a new partnership that will combine projects they have been working on separately with new ones they’ve hatched together.
The duo has films scattered at studios across Hollywood, including vehicles for Jack Nicholson and Will Smith, and one for “Air Force One” director Wolfgang Petersen.
The producer pairing brings the duo back together after Rosenman left Sandollar to run Brillstein-Grey’s movie division for two years. He then opened shop as an indie producer, developing such films as the Beacon Communications comedy “Family Man,” which he’ll produce with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig.
Baum also moved on to become a producer of such films as “Fly Away Home” and “I.Q.,” most recently exec producing “Snow Falling on Cedars.”
Quite a team
“We were a very productive team, and our styles always meshed well,” Rosenman said. “We think we bring out the best in each other,” Baum said.
They’ll team with Sonnenfeld/Josephson and Brillstein-Grey at Disney on “Whispers,” based on the Irwin Shaw short story “Whispers in Bedlam,” scripted by Gerald DiPego and John Herzfeld. Pic’s about a football player whose hearing is restored by an operation — which also gives him the ability to read people’s thoughts. The comedy has been developed as a vehicle for Smith.
At Warner Bros., Rosenman and Baum are teaming with the Canton Co. on “Runaround Sue,” a comedy about a woman who realizes the man she had a torrid affair with on vacation is the father of her fiance. The comedy was scripted by Kathryn Reback, and Nicholson is attached to play the philandering father of the fiance.
Greatest story ever told
The producers have engaged David Cook and Doug Weisberg to turn another idea of theirs into “Ten Good Men,” a drama set up at Disney as a directing vehicle for Wolfgang Petersen (“Air Force One”). The actioner takes its origins from the biblical notion that God has spared the world from destruction for the sake of 10 good men in every generation. An assassin for the devil identifies the 10 good guys and bumps off nine of them. The remaining man must defeat evil to save the world. Baum and Rosenman will produce with Petersen and his partner Gail Katz, with Rick Berg agenting the writers.
In partnership with “Simpsons” animators Film Roman, Rosenman and Baum are producing “My First Mister,” a comedy scripted by Jill Franklin, a sitcom writer whose credits include the “Yada Yada” episode of “Seinfeld.” The comedy, about a cynical but endearing 17-year-old whose life is transformed through her odd-couple relationship with her boss, will be directed by Christine Lahti. Baum produces with Jane Goldenring, Sukee Chew and Anne Kurtzman, with Rosenman exec producing.
‘Cyrano’ for the ’90s
The producers have just set an untitled comedy at Paramount to be scripted by Robert Cohen, who collaborated with Mike Myers on the upcoming “Austin Powers” sequel and the screen adaptation of “Green Acres.” “It’s a comedy about a father who is downsized after 35 years, whose son is forced to get a job after never having to have one,” said Rosenman. “He uses his father’s resume, and his father, who can’t get a job because he’s a victim of ageism, has to ‘Cyrano’ him to success.” UTA repped Cohen.
At Regency, Rosenman and Baum will produce “Gloria and Doria Gray,” a comedy scripted by Ben Queen based on an idea by the producers which is a twist on “Dorian Gray.” “It’s about twin sisters in a private school in New York,” said Baum. “Every time the beautiful, superficial one does something sinful, the popular sister suffers as a result, like she’s become the picture of Dorian Gray.” Queen, who wrote “One Track Mind,” a comedy about Hollywood development execs who kill each other, was repped by agent Ben Smith.
Toon in tomorrow
The producers have a deal at Sony on “Cat and Mouse,” a comedy they’ll produce with “Cable Guy” writers Andy Licht and Jeff Mueller and Brillstein-Grey that’s being rewritten by Neil Tolkein under the supervision of Ron Bass. They describe it as an animated project which becomes live action when Tom and Jerry-like cartoon characters who are adversaries in their cartoon form are catapulted into reality. Now human, they continue their feuding while learning about love and loss in the real world.
Other projects include a remake they’re working on with Jersey Films of “Midnight,” the 1939 comedy scripted by Billy Wilder about a girl stranded in Paris and hired by a man to seduce the gigolo he’s sure is romancing his wife. The project is set at Universal.
They’ll also produce, with Staffan Ahrenberg, a remake of the Sacha Guitry film “Life of an Honest Man” for Intermedia about a rich, driven businessman who gets a second shot at life when he takes the identity of his recently deceased and fun-loving twin brother. The film will be scripted by Leon Capetanos, who was repped by Jordan Bayer of Original Artists.
They’ve also got “Noel” at Fox 2000, a David Hubbard-scripted film about four alienated New Yorkers transformed by a miracle.
Rosenman and Baum will also do a telepic for the Wonderful World of Disney. “It Looks Alive to Me!,” based on a book written 30 years ago by Baum’s husband, Tom, has been scripted by David Seidler and Jacquelin Feather as a comedy about two teens trapped overnight in the Museum of Natural History who are shocked to find that the exhibits come to life. Rosenman and Baum will produce with Kathleen Kennedy; shooting is to begin this summer. Baum was repped in that deal by Wayne Alexander, while Howard & Carol Prods. was repped in the other projects by attorney Shep Rosenman of Katz, Golden & Fishman.