December 9, 1999Burns, Graham to
Partner as Cops
Perks of being a writer-director? You can craft a custom film role for you
and your current sweetie. Indie director Edward Burns, whose early films featured
then-girlfriend Maxine Bahns, is now scripting a starring vehicle for himself and current
squeeze Heather Graham.
U.K. film site Popcorn reports that the
pretty boy auteur is working on a cop film called On the Job, which will draw from
his own experience as the son of a New York City cop. The photogenic Ed and Heather will
both play police officers, apparently.
Burns returns to the director's chair after
acting-only stints in Saving Private Ryan and 15 Minutes, playing a fire
insurance investigator opposite Robert De Niro's homicide detective. That film's been
bumped from a March 2000 release to an October theater date.
Popcorn also reports that another
much-photographed indie couple, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, will team up for an ensemble
piece inspired by Dylan Thomas. Hawke will make his directorial debut with Last Word on
Paradise, a series of five tales set in a New York hotel, each inspired by the Welsh
writer's Under Milk Wood. Wife Thurman will co-star with Kevin Corrigan, Kris
Kristofferson, Robert Sean Leonard, Natasha Richardson, and Steve Zahn.
The husband-and-wife team, who met on the set of the
underrated sci-fi flick Gattaca, have also been rumored to join the cast of the Lord
of the Rings trilogy for the second or third installment.
Hawke hits the screen Dec. 22 in another literary
adaptation, Snow Falling on Cedars, and Thurman is currently co-starring in Woody
Allen's Sweet and Lowdown.