Charles Champlin on ‘Haywire’
May 14, 1980: Charles Champlin on the making of “Haywire,” the TV movie based on the book by Brooke Hayward. The project, which was scaled back from a mini-series to a three-hour show, evoked painful memories for the surviving family members, Champlin says. The show includes a credit to “Ivan Davis,” a pseudonym, and casting was quite problematic. Bill Hayward wanted Jane Fonda to play Margaret Sullavan, but Fonda didn't like "Haywire" for undisclosed reasons and wasn't approached, Champlin says.