08/08/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT
It seems that one of Sean Penn's dreams is coming true. Word is that Penn will co-star with his hero Robert De Niro in an updated version of We're No Angels, the classic 1954 prison escape film that starred Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray. The third angel is still floating out there unannounced or uncast, but Neil (Mona Lisa) Jordan will direct, and Art (The Untouchables) Linson will produce for Paramount, though contracts still have to be signed. "Sean and Bob and I have been developing it for some time. We'll do it if all the business things work out," says Linson. Both Penn and De Niro are riding high at the box office, thanks to their respective successes with Colors and Midnight Run.
Chaka Khan's new album, due out in early fall, will include Sticky Wicked, a rap tune written by Prince. Though His Purpleness is normally no jam master, according to Kahn's spokesman, Prince was so taken with the idea of Kahn rapping that he spent hours on the phone convincing her to record the song. When the two got together in the studio, Prince laid down the instrumental, and Miles Davis came in to trumpet his support. Afterward, Prince said he was "honored" by the outcome.
Remember sex? Well, it's going to look alien again in Cocoon: The Return, due out near Thanksgiving from Twentieth Century Fox. In the first Cocoon, Tahnee Welch, a stranger on a strange planet, and Steve Guttenberg, an innocent Florida boat captain, experienced their climactic encounter in an indoor swimming pool. The moment resembled an eighth-grade science project set to New Age music. In the sequel, their rendezvous takes place in a fancy French restaurant. Welch begins to levitate, and Guttenberg asks why—having failed to recognize an interplanetary pass.
The Americanization of Emily Lloyd continues. After the 17-year-old actress made a splashy debut last year as a promiscuous British teenager in Wish You Were Here, she landed the plum part of Cookie Voltecki, the daughter of a Mafia chief (Peter Falk), in Cookie, which opens next year. To prepare for the role, Lloyd moved in with an Italian family in Brooklyn for two weeks of accent immersion. Says Lloyd: "There was a bossy mother, father, daughter and son-in-law. The mother kept throwing food at me. 'Eat, eat, eat,' she'd say." From pasta it was on to Paducah, Ky., where she stayed with a local family to get her Southern drawl down for the movie she's shooting now, Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country.
For CNN's documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind, which airs this fall, producers Jeffrey and Daniel Selznick (the sons of David O. Selznick) rummaged around in the family vaults and came up with 50-year-old, never-before-seen screen tests of all the Scarlett hopefuls. Seen in pantaloons getting ready for the barbecue and the juiciest role of a lifetime are Paulette Goddard and Vivien Leigh. "You see Goddard," says Jeffrey, "and you think, 'My God, she's Scarlett!'—until you see the test of Leigh's and you know there is no question. She is Scarlett."