Films beginning production this week:
HEARTBREAK RIDGE (Malpaso). Shooting in L.A., Camp Pendleton and the Caribbean. Clint Eastwood plays a tough, profane but essentially good Marine gunnery sergeant who, in his last command, must whip a class of misfit Marine hopefuls into shape. Producers Eastwood and Fritz Manes. Director Eastwood. Screenwriter credit undetermined. Stars Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Mario Van Peebles and Vincent Irizarry. Distributor Warners. Christmas release.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (Cannon Films). Shooting in L.A. An update of Jules Verne's novel, an adventure about a group of teens who take a wrong turn while vacationing in Hawaii and their only escape is through the center of the earth. Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Director/screen-writer Rusty Lemorande. Stars Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Emo Philips, Yeardley Smith and Hermione Gingold. Christmas release.
OVER THE TOP (Cannon Films). Shooting in L.A. and Las Vegas. Sylvester Stallone stars as a free-wheeling, arm-wrestling truck driver in this action-adventure. Executive producer James D. Brubaker. Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Director Golan. Screenwriter Stallone. Stars Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely and David Mendenhall. December release.