GERE NEEDS DIRECTION

If you have been wondering why Richard Gere, 41, hasn't started filming a new movie since his stunning success in Pretty Woman, don't worry, you're not alone. Half of Hollywood has been wondering the same thing.

Next up for Gere was to have been the starring role in Final Analysis, a thriller for Warner Bros, about a psychiatrist (Gere) who falls for the sister of a patient. The project has been stalled due to the lack of a director.

Sources say the movie's first director, Harold (Sea of Love) Becker, envisioned an "ordinary-looking actor" in the leading role and could not come to terms with the casting of "someone as good-looking as Gere."

John (Hope and Glory) Boorman was signed to direct after Becker dropped out, but now Boorman too has departed after what Warner Bros, spokeswoman Charlotte Gee describes as "personal differences" with Gere.

"Another director will be announced shortly," promises Gee, "and, hopefully, shooting can start in February or March."

LIFE WITHOUT FATHER

Ask Tanya Sakharov, 45, the eldest daughter of the Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, to describe her late father's recently published book from Knopf, Memoirs, and she uses words like "impenetrable" and "withholding."

Now, Tanya is sitting down to write a memoir of her own and, from the advance hype that her Minneapolis-based literary agent, Jonathon Lazear, is putting out, her book sounds like it might be a milder version of Mommie Dearest—with Russian dressing.

Lazear says he is currently negotiating with Prentice Hall Press and several other New York City publishers for what he hopes will be a "seven-figure" deal.

Lazear quotes Tanya, a physicist who lives in Moscow, as saying that although her nuclear physicist father was perceived as a man of great courage and high standards, Sakharov was also "naive and easily manipulated by the people closest to him."

Lazear says that Tanya's "half-completed" manuscript depicts her father as "a sentimental yet remote man."

"Tanya suffered a great deal when she was growing up," claims Lazear. "Her father's absence [while off working on Russia's nuclear weapons program] angered and hurt her."

WIGGING OUT

Actor Ron Silver, 44, wears a frizzy wig while playing crack trial lawyer Alan Dershowitz, 52, in Reversal of Fortune. The highly praised movie is based on Dershowitz's book about his successful defense of socialite Claus von Bülow during Von Bülow's second trial.

When Silver met Dershowitz, the actor told the bushy-haired lawyer, "If I looked like you growing up, I never would have gotten a woman to be with me."

Silver says Dershowitz didn't take exception, "but his wife called me later and said. 'You don't have to worry about Alan. He did pretty well.' "

Silver, meanwhile, soon dons another wig, a long, dark curly one, to play a 17th-century Frenchman in the forthcoming Broadway play La Bête. "I'm becoming to wigs," jokes Silver, "what Meryl [Streep] is to accents."