Films beginning production this week :
DESHIMA (Produzioni Cinematrografiche Al Castello). Shooting in Japan and Switzerland. A love story about an old man and a young one who go off to distant lands to find their mates. Producer Conrad Schoeffter. Director Beat Kuert. Screenwriter Adolf Muschg. Stars Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, Leon Askin, Kaori Takahashi and Kaho Minami. Distributor and release date undetermined.
HOT PURSUIT (Hot Pursuit Co.). Shooting in Vancouver and Mexico. Romantic comedy-adventure about a prep school student's globetrotting quest to find his girlfriend and her family. Executive producers Tom Mankiewicz and Jerry Offsay. Producers Ted Parvin and Pierre David. Director/screenwriter Steven Lisberger. Stars John Cusack, Wendy Gazelle and Robert Loggia. Distributor Paramount. Easter release.
ORPHANS (Lorimar Motion Pictures). Shooting in New York. Comedy-drama about two orphans who lure a stranger into their home to rob him but instead find their lives dramatically changed by him. Producers Alan J. Pakula and Susan Solt. Director Pakula. Screenwriter Lyle Kessler. Stars Albert Finney, Matthew Modine and Kevin Anderson. Distributor 20th Century Fox. Release date undetermined.
SHE'S HAVING A BABY (Paramount/John Hughes Films). Shooting in Chicago and L.A. A young married couple experience the labor of life. Producers John Hughes and Peter Macgregor-Scott. Director/screenwriter Hughes. Stars Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern. Release date undetermined.
SUMMER SCHOOL (Shapiro-West Productions). Shooting in L.A. Comedy about a high school gym coach turned reluctant remedial English teacher during a session of summer school. Executive producer Marc Trabulis. Producers George Shapiro and Howard West. Director Carl Reiner. Screenwriter Jeff Franklin. Stars Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley. Distributor Paramount. Release date undetermined.
SUPERMAN IV (Cannon Films). Shooting in London, Montreal and NYC. Superman returns to confront the issue of nuclear disarmament and wage battle with evil Lex Luthor. Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Director Sidney J. Furie. Screenwriters Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal and Christopher Reeve. Stars Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Jon Cryer and Margot Kidder. Fall '87 release.
SURRENDER (Cannon Films). Shooting in California. A successful mystery writer juggles love and money in this contemporary comedy. Executive producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Producers Alan Greisman and Aaron Spelling. Director/screenwriter Jerry Belson. Stars Sally Field, Michael Caine, Steve Guttenberg, Peter Boyle, Jackie Cooper and Louise Lasser. Release date undetermined.
THE WHALES OF AUGUST (Alive). Shooting in Maine. David Berry adapts his own play about two elderly widowed sisters who confront an emotional crisis. Producers Carolyn Pfeiffer and Mike Kaplan. Director Lindsay Anderson. Screenwriter Berry. Stars Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Ann Sothern, Vincent Price and Harry Carey Jr. Release date undetermined.