Producer on yarns from bygone days


Producer David Foster is resurrecting the work of A.J. Carothers in triplicate.

Foster has optioned two unproduced screenplays ("Fancy Hardware," "Ghost of a Chance") and a treatment ("After Paris") from the Carothers estate, which is managed by the late writer's wife, Caryl. A.J. Carothers had a deal with Disney in the 1960s, wrote for TV's "My Three Sons" and scripted the features "Never a Dull Moment" and "The Secret of My Success." He died in 2007.

Foster worked with Carothers on the projects decades ago and recently came across the scripts while cleaning out his office.

"Hardware" concerns a womanizing salesman in the 1930s. In 1972, Foster pulled together Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and director Alan J. Pakula to do the film for First Artists, but it fell apart.

The mystery romance "Ghost" involves a young girl with a memorabilia shop who attends an old movie queen's auction, only to encounter the ghost of the woman's dead boyfriend. "Paris" follows an American private eye in the City of Lights who is hired by a billionaire to tail his cheating wife.

Foster and Ryan E. Heppe will produce the films, and Carothers' widow will exec produce. (partialdiff)