"Let's see, it's a comedy. And a romance. And it's science fiction. And it kind of resembles 'The Road Warrior.' And the art direction has a New Wave sensibility. . . . Not an easy film to describe."
Oh yes--added producer Ed Pressman, describing his long-shelved Melanie Griffith-starrer, "Cherry 2000"--"It makes a statement, a positive statement, about love."
Pressman's the first to admit that all this makes for a "tough sell": "No doubt about it--it's a challenge."
It's such a challenge that execs at Orion Pics still don't know when--or if--the $10-million pic, filmed in 1985, will be released.
Set in the year 2017, the story's about a guy (David Andrews) whose female robot love-mate (a Cherry 2000 model) has an internal meltdown. So he hires a macha guide (Griffith) to take him into the lawless zone to find the necessary repair parts. It's during this quest that he discovers there's something to be said for a flesh-and-blood woman. Michael Almereyda scripted.
"It's a likable film--no one who's seen it hates it, or anything," said director Steve DeJarnatt, who admitted, "It's also kind of a soft film. I don't think anyone really knows how to market it."