The roller-coaster relationship between Hollywood and the theater world seems to be on an upswing. Witness the following stage plays being prepped for the big screen.
In Other People's Money, Gregory Peck suits up as a traditional New England executive trying to save his company from ''Larry the Liquidator'' (Danny DeVito), a corporate raider who doesn't believe in making money the old-fashioned way. Penelope Ann Miller and Piper Laurie also star in the movie based on the hit Off-Broadway play by Jerry Sterner.
Fresh from her Oscar conquest, Kathy Bates (Misery) joins romantic leads Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan in the adaptation of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss, a fable about the eternal nature of true love.
Meanwhile, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Annie Potts, Christopher Reeve, and Nicollette Sheridan are teaming up to portray a touring company of bumbling, disillusioned thespians in the movie version of English playwright Michael Frayn's farce, Noises Off. Peter Bogdanovich (Texasville) will be directing when the cameras begin rolling on May 20.
Just for variety, Hollywood also seems to enjoy recycling itself on occasion. Steve Martin is busy doing his best Spencer Tracy imitation opposite Diane Keaton in Father of the Bride, a remake of the 1950 comedy about the hazards of trying to orchestrate a wedding for your daughter. This time around, Martin Short has been enlisted as the not-so-coordinated coordinator of the nuptial proceedings.