Notable Figure for Screen Play
producer of the motion picture ver-
sion of "Royal Hunt of the Sun,"
in an exclusive interview, said the
play by British author Peter Shaf-
fer, who also wrote "Five Finger
Exercise," "The Private Ear, the
Public Eye" and "Black Comedy,"
was purchased for the screen by
MGM for $350,000 when running
for a year and a half at London's
West End and on Broadway.
However, Metro dropped the op-
tion because the studio heads felt
that the anti-clerical angle was too
touchy. Frenke then bought the
motion picture rights directly from
the playwright in London. The
producer who most recently com-
pleted "Sylva" by Vercors at Uni-
versal in Hollywood and currently
is preparing at MGM "Feast of
Freedom," both from screenplays
by Dalton Trumbo, made a deal
with .Philip Yordan (author of
"Anna Lucasta") to write the sce-
nario to Shaffer's epic drama and
also act as co-producer.
Richard Burton and Marlon
Brando both were interested in the
central part of Francisco Pizarro,
the Spanish conquistador responsi-
ble for the rape of Peru and the
enslavement of the Inca empire in
the early 16th Century. Philip
Yordan, who had Robert Shaw
under contract from an earlier
film, "The Battle of the Bulge,"
By HERBERT G. LUFT
(Copyright 1966, JTA, Inc.)
believed that Shaw would be better vaded Czechoslovakia and inter-
suited for the role of the ruthless rupted the production of the $4,-
Renaissance Spaniard. Shaw is 500,000 production of "Bridge at
now playing the character of Remagen," a World . War II epic
Pizarro while Christopher Plum- dealing with another invasion, the
mer, who had portrayed the char- one of the Allied forces in Ger-
acter in the long-run on Broadway, many during World War II. A
switched over to the mild-mannered replica of the bridge, over which
characterization of the Inca ruler the Americans stormed across the
Atahualpa, the self-styled Sun God Rhine in 1945 will go down the
of the natives.
drain. Wolper who had just flown
The Russian-born producer made to Rome a day before the crisis,
many films in Europe with his left his star-studded cast headed
wife, the actress Anna Sten, before by George Segal, Robert Vaughan,
coming to America. He is credited Ben Gazarra and Bradford Dill-
as producer of "Heaven Knows, man in the beleaguered city of
Mr. Allison," and "The Barbarian Prague.
Wolper -still has another film,
and the Geisha," both directed by
John Huston, and a score of other "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be
Belgium," a spoof dealing with
whirlwind tourism in Europe, in
* * *
work on the continent. Produced
Dustin Hoffman has been signed by Stan Margulies, the cast in-
to star in the title role of "Little cludes Suzanne Pleshette and Ian
Big Man," which Stuart Millar is McShane, plus cameos by Sammy
producing and Arthur Penn will Davis Jr. and Joan Collins.
direct for CBS Cinema Center
Films in Hollywood. Production is
Arthur P. Jacobs has 13 projects
scheduled to begin in the spring in work over a period of four
of 1969 on location in California. years, totaling a production cost
Based on the novel by Thomas of $53,500,000. His overtly commer-
Berger, the screenplay was writ- cial "Planet of the Apes," star-
ten by Calder Willingham who was ring Charlton Heston is currently
nominated for an Oscar and Gold- cleaning up at the box office. For
en Globe award as co-author of MGM he is completing the musical
remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips,"
• • •
in England, with Peter O'Toole
David Wolper's staff got caught and Petula Clark. Mort Abrahams
off guard when the Russians in- is associate producer.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, October 4, 1968-31
Whit Vernon to Play
Center Theater's 1.B.'
Center. Theater announces the
cast for its production of "J.B."
by Archibald MacLeish, under the
direction of Harry Goldstein.
Whit Vernon will portray J.B.;
Harriet' Slott, Sara h; Burton
Wright, Zeus; and Richard De-
Laubenfels, Mr. Nichols. Support-
ing roles will be played by Errol
Fortin, Rollie Parker, Jules Ab-
rams and William Feinberg. Per-
formance dates are Nov. 2, 3, 6, 9
and 10 at the Jewish Center.
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