Films beginning production this week : THE BARBARIANS (Cannon Films). Shooting in Rome. The Barbarian brothers are separated at birth from their tribe and must embark on a quest to recover their captured queen. Executive producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Producer John Thompson. Director Slobodan Sijan. Screenwriter James Silke. Stars David and Peter Paul. Release date undetermined.
BEYOND THERAPY (New World). Shooting in New York. Robert Altman directs this comedic love story about two neurotic therapists and their two equally neurotic patients. Executive producer Roger Berlin. Producer Steven Haft. Director Altman. Screenwriters Christopher Durang and Altman. Stars Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Guest and Julie Hagerty. Release date undetermined.
MAN ON FIRE (Embassy International/New Regency Films). Shooting in Rome, Milan and Lake Como, Israel. An adventure based on A. J. Quinnell's novel focusing on the relationship between a bodyguard and the family who hires him after their daughter is kidnaped in Italy. Executive producer Claudio Mancini. Producer Arnon Milchan. Director Elie Chouraqui. Screenwriter Chouraqui. Stars Scott Glenn, Brooke Adams, Danny Aiello, Paul Shenar and Jade Malle. Distributor Tri-Star. Release date undetermined.
THE NUTCRACKER (Hyperion/Kushner-Locke Productions). Shooting in Seattle. Musical fantasy fare based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's familiar tale with orchestral embellishments by Tchaikovsky, and sets created by Maurice Sendak. Executive producers Thomas Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt. Producers Willard Carroll, Thomas Wilhite, Donald Kushner and Peter Locke. Director Carroll Ballard. Starring the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Distributor Atlantic Releasing. November release.