EW Staff
June 18, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It’s a plot twist worthy of The Player itself. Director Robert Altman is being pursued by the same Hollywood studios that spurned him in the ’80s. One reason? He’s directing the two-movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Angels in America. ”It’s a very hot title,” producer Cary Brokaw says of the $26 million project. ”Several studios and several indies are in the hunt.” But cameras won’t roll until June 1994. First, Altman has to complete a fistful of highly anticipated indie movies: *Short Cuts. This cameo-studded ensemble comedy about a group of Californians, which will open the New York Film Festival, has a final running time of exactly ”3 hours, 33 seconds,” says Altman, who wanted even more. ”People will get their money’s worth.” *Mrs. Parker and the Roundtable. Altman protege Alan Rudolph’s $8 million film biography of famous literary wit Dorothy Parker and her Algonquin wags starts filming in Montreal this month. ”I’m the icing on the c says Altman, who agreed to produce, thereby helping to get the film made. *Pret-a-Porter. Altman’s friendship with designer Sonia Rykiel inspired this $20 million ”mock-documentary” satirizing the Paris fashion community. ”I’ve received a lot of interest from models,” Altman admitted last month at Cannes, where he was seen interviewing several willowy prospects, and looking happy at last.

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