Lotsa publicity blurbing about the Dustin Hoffman-Tom Cruise starrer "Rainman," from United Artists, via Guber-Peters, tentatively to begin shooting Aug. 17 (or, as a contingency plan, six to eight weeks after a resolution to the possible Directors Guild strike). But we've picked up additional tidbits.
Like unhappiness from Hoffman, who's supposedly wanted a new writer and a new direction for the plot, particularly as it involves his and Cruise's characters.
Hoffman's requirements, however, won't affect the star teaming--at least says Bert Fields, Hoffman's lawyer. He told us "unequivocally" that "Cruise and Hoffman have been working diligently on the project as recently as this week and both are (still) enthusiastic about working together."
The original script by Barry Morrow concerns an idiot savant (Hoffman) named Raymond (a.k.a. Rainman) whose father leaves him a legacy. Raymond's brother (Cruise), a lifelong loser, views the money as his last chance to make it and schemes to get it.