Thanks to a certain ABC hit hosted by Regis Philbin, even film folk want to be Million-heirs. Among the game-show-themed movies in the works:
·Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Oscar-nominated writer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) has adapted the dark and quirky memoir of Gong Show host Chuck Barris, who fantasized about leading a double life as a CIA hitman. Mike Myers is interested in playing Barris, who also created The Dating Game.
·The Contenders (tentative title). Daniel Minahan, who cowrote I Shot Andy Warhol, directed this indie about a TV show whose contestants plot each other’s deaths — the one left standing wins.
·Champagne for Caesar. A remake of the 1950 Vincent Price spoof about a genius who goes on a quiz show to try to bankrupt its sponsor. Notes coproducer Steven Jay Rubin (who once wrote questions for The Joker’s Wild): ”We had jettisoned the game-show element, thinking it was dated.” Fortunately, it wasn’t their final answer.