Films going into production:
THE CONTEMPORARY GLADIATOR (Contemporary Gladiator). Shooting in Memphis. Anthony Elmore stars, directs and produces a comedy drama about his own ascent to the pinnacles of the kick-boxing world. Also stars George Young, Marion Jones and Julius Dorsey. Spring release.
HIGH SPIRITS (Vision P.D.G./Palace). Shooting in Ireland. Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg and Beverly D'Angelo star in this tale of a fellow who advertises his castle as having ghosts in order to raise money and avoid foreclosure--and the real ghosts show up! Executive producers Mark Damon, Eduard Sarlui and Moshe Diamant. Producers Stephen Wooley and David Saunders. Director Neil Jordan. Screenwriters Jordan and Michael McDowell.
LAST RITES (MGM). Shooting in NYC and Mexico. Tom Berenger is a Manhattan priest who offers the protection of the church to a woman (Maria Stavro) marked for a hit by a powerful organized-crime family. Producers Don Bellisario and Patrick McCormick. Director/screenwriter Bellisario. Distributor MGM/UA Distribution Co.