The film Natalie Wood was working on when she died may yet end up in theaters. MGM initially decided to scrap "Brainstorm" and collect the insurance money, but the people who had to pay that money -- Lloyds of London -- had other ideas. In a deposition made to Lloyds, director Douglas Trumbull said the film could be completed without undue trouble, so Lloyds is giving Trumbull that chance. Armed with $3 million from the insurance company, Trumbull and a cast that includes Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher are back at work on the project, wrapping up the filming and shooting around the three scenes in which Wood's character was to have appeared. (Her lines were reassigned to other characters during one frantic day of rewriting; Trumbull also deleted a disquieting drowning sequence.) But the money from Lloyds doesn't guarantee a finished film, merely a completion of the live action shooting. When that is finished, Trumbull will put everything together and show it to the studio and the insurance company. If they figure it's good enough, then he'll finally get the extra $3 million he needs to add special effects to the tale of the scientist who invents a device that permits insight into and control over other people's minds.
THE PATHS OF GLORY: "The Glory Road" is having its own financial difficulties on its Dallas location. The story of a traveling preacher -- directed by Marjoe Gortner, a former traveling preacher who ought to know about such things -- found its monetary plug pulled last week when the sole financier, Paul Broadhead, withdrew funding for the project. So Gortner left the set up in Texas, brought a cast headed by Gary Busey back to L.A., and is now trying to convince a major studio to furnish the rest of the money. Broadhead, by the way, was a Mississippi real estate developer with no film background.