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1977: Douglas keeping busy with pix

Aug. 11,1977

Among projects Michael Douglas is prepping to produce is a pic about moppet football — a pigskin “Bad News Bears.” It’s “Spirit,” an original by Don Humphreis and Bill Whitehead about 9- and 10-year-olds. Douglas is readying another original, “The Golden Door” — not about the fat farm — by Steve Kline, plus a third, “Abbie Nation,” the true tale of the Israeli who runs a “peace ship” in the Mediterranean. Currently, Douglas is costarring in producer Marty Erlichman’s “Coma” for MGM, Michael Crichton directing. And next Michael produces and stars in “China Syndrome” under his banner for Columbia. The drama about nuclear energy costars Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda. And Douglas also has plans/offers to direct pix next year. (Note: “Spirit” never happened for Douglas, nor did “Golden Door” or “Abbie Nation.” And Douglas never went on to direct any features, but did helm several “Streets of San Francisco” segs. In 1976, he won the Oscar as producer of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” In an upcoming film, “King of California,” Douglas plays a discharged patient from a state mental institution — who sets out with his teenage daughter to seek treasure he believes hidden in a San Fernando Valley Wal-Mart. In “The Sentinel,” being released April 21, Douglas stars as a Secret Service agent who has an affair with the First Lady, played by Kim Basinger. And on July 14, Douglas will be seen in “You, Me and Dupree” with Katie Hudson, Matt Dillon and Owen Wilson. High on Douglas’ agenda is the Michael Douglas and Friends celeb golf tourney May 6-7 at the Trump National Golf Club benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund and airing June 10 on NBC.)