Robert Downey Sr., who made “Putney Swope,”...
Robert Downey Sr., who made “Putney Swope,” the irreverent cult comedy about Madison Avenue in 1969, is up to old tricks in CineTel’s “Too Much Sun,” a black comedy about sex, greed and religion he wrote with Laura Ernst and Al Schwartz. The ensemble cast he will direct includes his son, Robert Downey Jr., Eric Idle, John Lovett, Alan Arkin, Andrea Martin, Leo Rossi, Jennifer Rubin and Lara Harris. The film, produced by Paul Hertzberg, Lisa Hansen and Seymour Morgenstern, starts shooting Feb. 19.
Cuban-American actors Andy Garcia (“Internal Affairs”) and Steven Bauer (last seen on NBC’s “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story”), who grew up together, will co-star in an untitled drama about pre-revolutionary Cuba. Scripting the film for Carlyle Prods. and Paramount is one of Latin American’s major writers, G. Cabrera Infante. Now a British citizen, Infante has written such books as “Three Trapped Tigers” and “Infante’s Inferno” and the screenplay for “Vanishing Point.”
Peter Berg (“Shocker”) and Brian Wimmer (TV’s “China Beach”) will star in Castle Rock’s comedy, “Late For Dinner,” directed by W.D. Richter, one of Hollywood’s most respected screenwriters, who directed the cult film “Buckaroo Banzai.” Mark Andrus’ script concerns two brothers-in-law who arrive home late for dinner--30 years late. Which means they have some explaining to do to Wimmer’s yet to be cast wife and daughter. The film, produced by Richter and Dan Lupovitz, rolls March 5 in L.A. with location work later in Santa Fe, N.M.
In John Hughes’ “Home Alone"--wrote and executive-produced by Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus (“Adventures in Baby Sitting”)--MacCauly Culkin (“Uncle Buck”) stars as a 7-year-old accidentally left behind when his large family scurries off to Paris for a Christmas holiday. Joe Pesci (being rediscovered in the re-release of “Raging Bull”) plays a cat burglar, who encounters the boy in his work, and Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice”) is Culkin’s mom. Filming gets under way Feb. 12 in Chicago. Mark Levinson and Scott Rosenfelt produce for 20th Century Fox.