Cedar Rapids Gazette
October 4, 1991
HOLLYWOOD â€” Disney has relinquished its rights to â€œIâ€™ll Be There,â€ the sequel to â€œ Beaches,â€ as a vehicle for Bette Midler â€”Â and the Iris Rainer Dart novel has been snapped up by Barbara Eden.
â€œ We just got the rights last Friday,â€ says Eden, who plans to adapt the tome into a TV movie.
â€œ Weâ€™re tying up the loose ends with ABC and looking for someone to write the script.â€
Eden, whoâ€™ll take on the part of entertainer Cee Cee Bloom (the role originated by Midler in Disneyâ€™s 1988 film adaptation of â€œ Beachesâ€ ), says the TV movie will pick up where Bloom takes custody of her deceased friendâ€™s daughter.
She adds, â€œ W e’ll probably have a little music in it, so I can sing a little bit.â€
â€œ The series has never been off the air (in syndication) and itâ€™s very difficult to be in competition with yourself.â€