Films now going into production: Boris & Natasha in Our Boy Badenov (MCEG). Shooting in L.A. Sally Kellerman and Dave Thomas portray Natasha Fatale and Boris Badenov, the devious characters from the celebrated (and silly) old “Rocky & Bullwinkle” animated series. Here, the two bumbling Russian spies defect to the U.S. in hope of becoming true blue Americans. Producer Jonathan D. Krane. Director Charles Martin Smith. Screenwriters Charles Fradin, Linda Favila and Anson Downs.
The Lemon Sisters (Lightyear). Shooting in Atlantic City. A comedy with Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody as singing siblings who perform in local bars and restaurants with their slightly oddball act. Executive producers Tom Kuhn and Charles Mitchell. Producers Keaton and Joe Kelly. Director Joyce Chopra. Screenwriter Jeremy Pikser. Late spring release.
Love Hurts (Love Hurts). Shooting in Texas. Jeff Daniels stars as a divorced psychologist who experiences a comical mid-life crisis during the weekend of his sister’s wedding. Producer/director Bud Yorkin. Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner. Distributor Vestron.
Meet the Applegates (New World). Shooting in Appleton, Wis. Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing and Dabney Coleman lead the way in a comedy of a perfect American Family that’s actually not so perfect. Producer Denise DiNovi. Director Michael Lehmann. Screenwriter Redbeard Simmons. Spring release.
Rockula (Cannon). Shooting in L.A.. Rock ‘n’ roll vampire tale of an immortal fellow and his female counterpart. For thousands of years they’ve met intermittently and now he must save her from extinction. Executive producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Producer Jefrey Levy. Director Luca Bercovici. Screenwriters Levy and Bercovici. Stars Dean Cameron, Thomas Dolby, Toni Basil, Tawny Fere and Bo Diddley. Spring release.
The Threepenny Opera (Cannon). Shooting in Hungary. Cannon head Menahem Golan tackles Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s tale of rampant corruption in Victorian England as it follows the wild escapades of Raul Julia as Mack the Knife in the Soho underworld. Executive producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Producer Stanley Chase. Director Golan. Screenwriter Joseph Goldman. Also stars Richard Harris, Julia Migenes, Julie Walters, Roger Daltrey, Clive Revill and Rachel Roberts.