The paths of Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken famously crossed in 1981 and have collided once again this fall, thanks to the re-opening of the police investigation into the drowning death of Natalie Wood. But did you know that the two also worked together in 2001?
NYU grad Tony Vitale‘s comedy Life’s a Beach (also known as Club Jungle Juice) is the only time Walken and Wagner signed on for the same film project. Among the movie’s producers are Paul Kessler and Diana Derycz-Kessler, the husband-and-wife couple that today own and manage the LA Film School. The comedy is set in a Club Med type resort and was shot on the island of Provinciales in Turks and Caicos.
A (very) belated October 2010 premiere is listed for the film, which seems to have never been released because of bankruptcy-related complications. While cynics will no doubt make untoward jokes about the original title and poster art (pictured), FishbowlLA prefers to focus on this IMDb discussion board comment:
I was the captain of the sailboat and never saw the movie… I would like to know how to get it as well
There’s also this:
I have a close friend whose son was an extra in this movie… He was killed in a car accident in January 2001. We are trying to obtain a copy of the movie to see if he is visible in any of the scenes.
FisbowlLA has reached out to both Vitale and the above-mentioned captain. If we hear back from either party, we will update the item below. Assuming Wagner did not wind up on the cutting room floor, it’s possible that this ten-year-old venture may finally see the light of day. (On the Web page for a planned August 2011 Canadian video release, Wagner’s name is conspicuously absent.)