HOLLYWOOD -- Is there room on the Atlantic Ocean -- and on the big screen -- for two Christopher Columbuses?
There was room last week in the trade papers for splashy multi-page ads touting two such projects, both to be released in 1992 to capitalize on the 500th anniversary of the Italian explorer's voyage to North America in the service of Spain.
Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind are working with a script by Mario Puzo, "Christopher Columbus: The Movie," with plans to begin shooting in April. They claim to have "exclusive" access to Spain's full-size re-creations of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, now under construction. The father-and-son team responsible for the "Superman" movies will also "use members of the Spanish navy as extras," a spokesman says.