Missing in action.
From the long--stalled Angels in America Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is an award winning play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. It has been made into both a television miniseries of the same name and an opera by Peter Eötvös. movie to Ellen DeGeneres's new TV show, an update on gay and lesbian projects that remain unproduced
Did you enjoy Robert Altman's film version of Angels in America? How about Rent: The Movie? Of course not, because despite fevered announcements in the press about the movie versions of these Broadway shows some years ago, neither has made it in front of the cameras. (Altman isn't even attached to direct Angels any longer.) Here's a status report on these and other high-profile gay- and lesbian-themed properties that have been kicking around a little too long for our taste.
The Dreyfus Affair Dreyfus Affair (drā`fəs, drī–), the controversy that occurred with the treason conviction (1894) of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus (1859–1935), a French general staff officer. : Peter Lefcourt's 1992 novel about the love affair between two major league baseball players This list consists of Major League Baseball players, both past and current, who have a biographic article (members of the Baseball Hall of Fame are noted with a β). For a list of other players for whom an article does not yet exist, see: Wikipedia:Requested articles/sports. would make a killer romantic comedy. Status: Director Betty Thomas (Doctor Dolittle) remains "obsessed ob·sess
v. ob·sessed, ob·sess·ing, ob·sess·es
To preoccupy the mind of excessively.
v.intr. " with the project. It was almost a go at New Line when Ben Affleck expressed interest, but he subsequently moved on to greener fields. Prognosis: With Thomas's clout and track record, it could get made--but only if a major star commits.
Angels in America:
An Emmy would fit in nicely between the Pulitzer and the Tony that Tony Kushner has already earned for this grand gay-and AIDS-themed Broadway phenom. Status: Altman's gone, but Angels is now set up at HBO Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)
A form of oxygen therapy in which the patient breathes oxygen in a pressurized chamber.
Mentioned in: Ozone Therapy , with Mike Nichols directing. Could be the gay Nicholas Nickleby, but no news yet on casting or airdate air·date
The date on which a program is scheduled to be broadcast. . Prognosis: The epic Angels has so far proved too big and costly to do right, but if anyone can pull it off, it's HBO.
Rent: The late Jonathan Larson's smash Broadway musical about la vie boheme, queers, drag queens, and HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. could be spectacular on the silver screen. Status: Project partners Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions and Miramax are awaiting a draft from screenwriter Stephen Chbosky. Prognosis: If the script is good enough to attract top talent, this is a slam drink. If not, it could go back to the drawing board and stay there for years.
Shakespeare's R&J: Joe Calarco's off-Broadway samesex adaptation of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet
star-crossed lovers die as teenagers. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
See : Death, Premature
Romeo and Juliet
archetypal star-crossed lovers. [Br. Lit. is set in a Catholic boys' school. Status: Producer Harry Clein is still seeking financing. Prognosis: A tougher sell than Shakespeare in Love--but with the right talent, it could be an indic sleeper hit.
The Mayor of Castro Street: Although it has Best Actor Oscar written 'all over it, Randy Shilts's bio of slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk still seeks a celluloid transfer. Status: It's been in development at Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment for a dozen years--with directors such as Oliver Stone and Gus Van Sant SANT South African Native Trust attached at one time or another. Rosie O'Donnell has recently expressed interest in making this her directorial debut. Prognosis: It's doubtful that O'Donnell could succeed where Stone and Van Sant have failed, but stranger things have happened. Certainly Zadan and Meron, who executive-produced Serving in Silence with Barbra Streisand, won't let it happen unless it's done right.
Ellen's new sitcom: Having made television history, DeGeneres deserves a second shot. CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast. is giving it to her. Status: A pilot was shot and screened by network brass, but the variety show concept was scrapped. A recent concept was to cast DeGeneres as an urban lesbian who returns to her hometown, and word is that Ellen loves the script. The new pilot is being shot as you read this, but it's not on the schedule as a mid-season replacement for the 2001-2002 season. Prognosis: Anything could happen, but DeGeneres knows it's got to be funny.
Vaillancourt also writes for GayHealth.com and CBSHealth Watch.com.