Tom Stoppard had his greatest success as a screenwriter with the Oscar winning "Shakespeare in Love." That film has apparently set off a flurry of Tinseltown activity for the fecund English playwright. Stoppard has completed work on one film and is in talks to pen two others.
Two of the projects will star Harrison Ford, Variety reported April 23. The dramatist is being sought to write the fourth edition in the "Indiana Jones" series. If Stoppard signs, that would give him back-to-back Ford assignments: He just finished work on a Ford film with the very un-Stoppardian title of "K-19: The Widowmaker."
Meanwhile, Stoppard is talking to his "Shakespeare in Love" collaborator John Madden about reteaming on a film called "Tulip Fever." DreamWorks would produce.
Stoppard's plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, Jumpers, Arcadia, The Real Thing and The Invention of Love, seen on Broadway last season. Only the first has inspired a feature film. Stoppard's past screenplays include "Brazil" and "Empire of the Sun."
—By Robert Simonson