Films going into production:
ATUK (Atuk). Shooting in NYC, Toronto and Antarctica. Screaming comic Sam Kinison makes the leap to leading man as he portrays Atuk, an Eskimo thrown into the real world in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Executive producer Elliott Abbott. Producer Charles Roven. Director Alan Metter. Screenwriter Tod Carroll. Distributor MGM/UA Distribution Co.
BLOOD RELATIONS (Blood Relations). Shooting in Toronto. Psychological confusion ensues when a conniving beauty gets involved with a Frankenstein-ish professor and becomes part of a brain transplant experiment. Executive producers Syd Cappe and George Flak. Producer Nicolas Stiliadis. Director Graeme Campbell. Screenwriter Stephen Saylor. Stars Jan Rubes, Lydie Denier, Kevin Hicks, Lynne Adams and Ray Walston. Distributor Miramax (U.S.) and SC Entertainment (foreign).
THE DEAD POOL (Malpaso). Shooting in San Francisco. Clint Eastwood is back as "Dirty" Harry Callahan. All Harry wants to do is solve a few armed robberies and lay back but when he discovers he's targeted as a victim by an assassin who's playing a murderous game, he gets tough. Executive producer David Valdez. Producer Eastwood. Director Buddy Van Horn. Screenwriter Steve Sharon. Also stars Patricia Clarkson, Evan Kim, Liam Neeson and Nicolas Love. Distributor Warner Bros. Summer release.
DOUBLE REVENGE (Smart Egg/Paul). Shooting in L.A. Modern-day action Western about fellow whose wife is brutally murdered by a bad guy. The bad guy's brother is killed in the melee, so what follows is their revenge against each other. Executive producer Luigi Cingolani. Producers T.J. Castronovo and John Curran. Director Armand Mastroanni. Screenwriters Brian Tobin and John Sharkey. Stars Lee McCloskey and Joe Dallesandro. October release.
THE NAKED GUN (Paramount). Shooting in L.A. Leslie Neilsen and Priscilla Presley star in a send-up of the police drama genre inspired by the short-lived TV series "Police Squad." Executive producers Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams. Producer Robert K. Weiss. Director David Zucker. Screenwriters the Zuckers, Abrahams and Pat Proft. Winter release.
VIOLENT ZONE (John Garwood). Shooting in the Philippines. Mystery actioner about a wealthy man who hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve his POW son. Executive producer Louis George. Producer/director John Garwood. Screenwriters John Bushelman and Daved Pritchard. Stars John Douglas, Christopher Weeks, Chard Hayward and Cynthia Killion. Distributor Arista.