Films beginning production this week :
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED (Amblin Entertainment/Universal). Shooting in NYC and L.A. Story about an inner-city tenement about to be demolished--when some unexpected visitors descend upon its tenants and help them in a wondrous way. Producer Ronald L. Schwary. Director Matthew Robbins. Screenwriters Brad Bird, Robbins, Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson. Stars Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Michael Carmine and Dennis Boutsikaris. Distributor Universal. Summer '87 release.
BORN TO RACE (Romax Productions). Shooting in Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston, S.C. Up-and-coming race car driver falls in love with an beautiful Italian car designer. Producers Jean and Andrew Bullians. Director James Fargo. Screenwriters Dennis McGee and Jean Bullians. Stars George Kennedy, Marla Heasley, Franco Nero, Joseph Bottoms and Marc Singer. Distributor undetermined. Spring release.
THE IN CROWD (Force Ten Productions). Shooting in Philadelphia. A sort of Romeo and Juliet story in which a suburban boy falls for a city girl in mid-'60s Philly. Executive producers John Roach and Jeff Franklin. Producers Keith Rubinstein, Karen Essex and Jeffrey Hornaday. Director Mark Rosenthal. Screenwriters Rosenthal and Larry Konner. Stars Donovan Leitch, Jennifer Runyon and Joe Pantoliano. Distributor undetermined. Summer '87 release.