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THE MOVIE CHART

December 06, 1987| Compiled by David Pecchia

Films going into production:

ARENA (Boh). Shooting in Rome. Futuristic thriller outlining what coliseum-type gladiator battles might look like hundreds of years from now. Executive producer Charles Band. Producer Irwin Yablans. Director Peter Manoogian. Screenwriters Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo. Stars Paul Satterfield, Shari Shattuck, Marc Alaimo and Claudia Christian. Distributor Empire Pictures.

JUNGLE PATROL (Action International). Shooting in Europe and Central America. Two ex-Vietnam vets are sent down to Central America by an old general of theirs to retrieve his daughter from the clutches of Communist villains. Executive producer David Winters. Producer Fritz Matthews. Director/screenwriter David A. Prior. Stars Ted Prior and William Zipp. Summer release.

MR. CHRISTMAS DINNER (New Line). Shooting in California. A 300-pound kid is seduced by a bombshell who takes him home to meet her parents and to be eaten. Executive producers Miles Copeland, Derek Power, Laurie Perlman and Pat Proft. Producers Gerald T. Olson and Sara Risher. Director Anthony Perkins. Screenwriter Proft. Stars Joe Alesky, Donna Dixon and Jeff Kober.

THE ORDER IN THINGS (Viking). Shooting in Pasadena. Shelley Winters returns to the big screen as an eccentric recluse who extends a lengthy visit to a street kid (Anthony Nocerino) on the run. Producers Hakon Gunderson and Andrea Stone. Director Brad Gilbert. Spring release.

SCROOGE (tentative title) (Paramount). Shooting in NYC and L.A. Richard Donner directs this contemporary version of the Dickens tale in which Bill Murray portrays a crusty, Scrooge-like network exec who's transformed by three offbeat sprits. Executive producer Sydney Pollack. Producers Donner, Art Linson, Ray Hartwick. Screenwriters Mitch Glazer and Michael O'Donaghue. Also stars Karen Allen, Bob Goldthwait and David Johansen. Christmas release.

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