Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese may be adding another film to a track record together that includes "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "The King of Comedy." According to a report this week in the Hollywood Reporter, Scorsese is on the verge of signing to direct a remake of the 1962 thriller "Cape Fear," a project Steven Spielberg's Amblin Productions has been developing for De Niro for some time. The movie, which Spielberg would produce for Universal, would star De Niro as a psychopathic convict out for revenge against the prosecutor who sent him to jail; reportedly, Robert Redford is a likely choice to play the attorney.
Currently De Niro is shooting "Mad Dog and Glory" for Universal. Scorsese, who's serving as executive producer of that film, is also putting the finishing touches on his Mafia-themed drama "Goodfellas," which along with Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues" and James Ivory's "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," will be an American entrant in the Venice Film Festival that begins tomorrow.
Sly Casting Sylvester Stallone and John Hughes have become typecast: Stallone as a taciturn brute with near-superhuman strength, Hughes as a director of teen comedies. But teaming up the two men for a film may help change those images -- at least, that's probably part of the reason Stallone will be starring in Hughes's "Batholomew vs. Neff" next year. The movie is about the disintegrating friendship between a former baseball player and a banker; Stallone plays the ballplayer, John Candy the banker. The comedy begins shooting next summer near Hughes's old stomping grounds in Chicago, but before that Stallone will make two more movies. First comes another change of pace, the John Landis farce "Oscar," then a more typical action-adventure picture titled "Dead Reckoning."
Doing Dylan "Highway 61 Revisited" is a Bob Dylan album written in the mid-'60s, when Dylan's lyrics tended to be twisted, impressionistic and sometimes downright incomprehensible. And while the album certainly has its share of vivid images, it's not the kind of work that would easily translate to the movie screen -- except that a Canadian production company is now doing exactly that.
Shadow Shows, a Toronto-based firm, just began principal photography on "Highway 61," a $1.2 million film loosely based on Dylan's album. The movie deals with a couple -- their character names are Pokey Jones and Jackie Bangs -- who take the corpse of an aspiring rock star to New Orleans, chased by a man who says he's the devil. The movie is being directed by Canadian Bruce McDonald, who beat out better known directors for the top prize at last year's Toronto Festival of Festivals; shooting is taking place along the real Highway 61, beginning in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and ending in New Orleans... . And rock star John Cougar Mellencamp, who not long ago said he was becoming disillusioned with music, is now at work directing and starring in his first movie. "Souvenirs," written by novelist Larry McMurtry, is about a famous singer who returns to Indiana -- Mellencamp's home state -- for a family gathering.
The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sequel will open next year during spring break, according to New Line Cinema and Golden Harvest, the companies responsible for this year's surprise hit. The companies have set a tentative March 15 release date for the $20 million sequel... . Kevin Costner will play Robin Hood in "Prince of Thieves," one of three movies about the outlaw currently in the works. The movie will re-team Costner with director Kevin Reynolds, who made the low-budget 1985 film "Fandango," an early Costner film of which the actor is particularly fond. The casting of Costner (and, shortly afterward, of Christian Slater as one of Robin's sidekicks) means that Morgan Creek Productions and Warner Bros. -- which are producing and distributing the film, respectively -- may soon have less competition when it comes to Robin Hood movies. Tri-Star executives have said they'll only make their film, "Robin Hood," if it can be finished before "Prince of Thieves"; meanwhile, Fox is still undecided about the Robin Hood film "Die Hard" director John McTiernan is preparing for them... . Finally, a district court judge handed out an impromptu sentence in a California movie theater not long ago: When two youngsters seated near him kept making noise, he allegedly hit one of them and choked the other. The judge himself is now facing charges. The incident, by the way, took place in a small California town called Twin Peaks -- no relation to the place where Laura Palmer was killed.