Films going into production:
BIRD (Malpaso). Shooting in L.A. and N. Calif. Clint Eastwood works behind the camera directing the life story of legendary saxophonist Charlie (Bird) Parker, covering his lasting love affair with wife Chan, drug battles and struggles with fame. Executive producer David Valdes. Producer/director Eastwood. Screenwriter Joel Oliansky. Stars Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora. Distributor Warner Bros.
DEAD OR ALIVE (Silver Lion). Shooting in New Mexico and Colorado. A Western (circa 1870) with Kris Kristofferson portraying a celebrated lawman and Mark Moses as his Eastern-schooled lawyer son who stalk a crazed outlaw. Producer Lance Hool. Director John Guillermin. Screenwriter Kevin Jarre. Also stars Scott Wilson and Karen Kopins. Spring release.
EVIL ANGELS (Cannon). Shooting in Melbourne, Australia. Drama with Meryl Streep and Sam Neill starring as a married couple whose youngest daughter is killed by a wild dog on a camping trip. Streep's version of the incident is not believed and she's tried and found guilty of her daughter's murder. Executive producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Producer Verity Lambert. Director Fred Schepisi. Screenwriter Robert Caswell. Distributor Warner Bros.
FOR THE RECORD - Imperfections
Los Angeles Times Sunday November 1, 1987 Home Edition Calendar Page 111 Calendar Desk 2 inches; 54 words Type of Material: Correction
Despite the way it was synopsized in the Movie Production Chart on Oct. 18, the as-yet-untitled MGM film starring Billy Crystal is, according to an MGM spokesman, a "warm and humorous drama" with Crystal "as a talented New York surgeon who, when a mild coronary proves him mortal, decides to mend his tarnished relationship with his father, a life-long movie extra, played by Alan King.".
FLYING BLIND (NBC Productions). Shooting in Philadelphia and L.A. Drama set in the mid-'60s centering on an Italian kid who torn between a pursuing a career as a photog or going to Vietnam to fight with his buddies. Producers Charles Haid and Robert Hargrove. Director/screenwriter Vince DiPersio. Stars Richard Panebianco, Emily Longstreth, Maura Tierney and Leon.
THE PASSION (Universal). Martin Scorsese's long-delayed story of Christ as a reluctant Messiah (the project was juggled around town for years as "The Last Temptation of Christ") gets rolling with Willem Dafoe as Jesus. Executive producer Harry Ufland. Producer Barbara Defina. Director Scorsese. Screenwriter Paul Schrader. Also stars Barbara Hershey, Sting and Harvey Keitel.
THE REACTOR (Action International). Shooting in Mexico. Revenge is sought by the father of a peaceful family that is terrorized and murdered by a marauding gang of punks. Executive producer David Winters. Producer Fritz Matthews. Director/screenwriter David Heavener. Stars Heavener.
(UNTITLED) (MGM). Shooting in L.A. Billy Crystal is a surgeon's son who comforts cancer patient and ailing movie extra Alan King in a sentimental drama. Producer King. Director Henry Winkler. Screenwriters Crystal and Eric Roth. Also stars JoBeth Williams. Distributor MGM/UA Distribution Co.