The Producers: According to Variety, Will Farrell is in negotiations to play Franz Liebkind, the wacky Nazi playwright of "Springtime for Hitler" in the film of the musical The Producers. He would join Mel Brooks' already-set New York cast of Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Roger Bart (Carmen Ghia), Gary Beach (Roger De Bris) plus Nicole Kidman as Ulla.

Susan Stroman directs the film as she did the legiter. And in her first feature Stroman plans to "open up" the legiter with scenes such as the little old ladies chorus emerging from their Park Ave. apartments and dancing their spectacular number on walkers -- down Park Avenue.

Brian B.