Did Drew Barrymore quash her
own comedy flick?
With Jon Stewart prepping to host
The Daily Show and Drew Barrymore showing off Ever After's
$64 million glass slipper, whatever happened to their ensemble
comedy Wishful Thinking? Way back in October 1995, first-time
writer-director Adam Park finished shooting the New Yorkers-in-lust
romp. Months passed, screenings went poorly, and Miramax never
set a release date, even after several reshoots. Finally, the
studio opted to send the movie straight to video next spring.
Park bears no grudge against Miramax ("They
made a business decision," he says) but suggests that Barrymore's
displeasure helped trap Wishful Thinking on the island
of misfit movies. "She was just very negative," he says.
"I don't know how much of an impact that had on Miramax,
but it couldn't have been good, because Drew's a very powerful
person right now and they don't want to upset her."
Indeed, the actress has publicly bad-mouthed
the film, claiming she made it in exchange for a role in Woody
Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (also released by Miramax).
A studio spokesman and Barrymore's publicist strongly deny that
she quashed Wishful Thinking. People familiar with the
project say it fell victim to a natural fate. "If this was
a good movie," says one, "it would've been released."