SONY'S BLOCKBUSTER SEQUEL

ONCE THE LONGEST-RUNNING COMEDY IN TINSELTOWN, SONY PICTURES IS NOW WOWING THEM AT THE BOX OFFICE

So you have yourself a nice thriller set up, with Wolfgang Petersen directing hot off Air Force One and no less than Mel Gibson in the starring role, when--oops!--Mel decides he'd rather go elsewhere to do a pet project called Parker and then cash in on a ton of money by making Lethal Weapon IV for Warner.

Thus John Calley, the chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, lost the opportunity to trumpet a major project in the works. Such are the caprices of show biz. But for Calley the collapse of the deal is particularly irksome, since Hollywood is clamoring for action...