Films going into production: BIG COUNTRY (Universal). Shooting in Bass Lake, Calif. Dan Aykroyd and John Candy are rival brothers-in-law who rendezvous at a resort to frolic with their spouses. Executive producer John Hughes. Producer Arne Schmidt. Director Howard Deutch. Screenwriter Hughes. Summer release.
CLARA'S HEART (Clara's Heart). Shooting in Baltimore and Jamaica. Based on the Joseph Olshan novel, Whoopi Goldberg is a Jamaican woman who comes to live with a family on the verge of dissolution. Producer Martin Elfand. Director Robert Mulligan. Screenwriter Mark Medoff. Also stars Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Spalding Gray, Beverly Todd and Neil Patrick Harris.
COCKTAIL (Touchstone). Shooting in NYC, Jamaica and Toronto. Tom Cruise is a charming bartender who, after years of running around, decides to settle into a monogamous situation. Producer Scott Kroopf. Director Roger Donaldson. Screenwriter Heywood Gould. Distributor Buena Vista.
COHEN & TATE (Nelson). Shooting in Houston. Roy Scheider and Adam Baldwin play the title characters in this tale of a 12-year-old boy whose family is killed as he's kidnaped and then taken for a cross-country ride. Producers Antony Rufus Isaacs and Jeff Young. Director/screenwriter Eric Red. Also stars Harley Cross.