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.