Only in Hollywood can a celebrity's troubles be swiftly spun by the publicity mill into a positive thing. Take Christian Slater. The actor's recent meltdown at an L.A. party and subsequent stop at a rehab clinic has not derailed his career. To the contrary, Slater's already planning his next acting gig.

Daily Variety says the beleaguered thespian is in "talks" to star in the aptly titled Very Bad Things. Slater would star as a bridegroom-to-be whose hellish bachelor party takes a turn for the worse when a guest kills the prostitute hired for the affair. Peter Berg--hockey ace Dr. Billy Kronk on TV's Chicago Hope and one of Cop Land's finest--wrote the script and will make his directing debut.

Of course, Slater's no stranger to wild parties. He was arrested for assault following a soiree earlier this month. Charged with assault and battery, the 28-year-old actor is free on $50,000 bail, pending arraignment (scheduled to take place in the next few weeks). According to his younger brother, Slater is currently in a recovery clinic being treated for an undisclosed addiction. (At the time of his arrest, he told police he was using heroin and cocaine and had been "drinking for days.")

It is not clear whether the "talks" Variety mentions are continuing while he sits in rehab. But producer Interscope apparently got excited about this wild-party drama after a reading of Berg's script with pre-incident Slater, Happy Gilmorestar Adam Sandler and Robert Patrick (another one of the Cop Land cast).

Incidentally, Interscope is the company which gave another Chicago Hope doc, Vondie Curtis Hall (dedicated Dr. Dennis Hancock), his first chance to direct with last year's detox caper Gridlock'd.

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