Compiled by Kevin Dreyfuss
>> Verow Tackling Another Film
Award-winning digital filmmaker Todd Verow ("Little Shots of Happiness,"
"Shucking the Curve") is currently in pre-production on his fifth feature,
"A Sudden Loss of Gravity" to be shot next month in Bangor, Maine. The
film follows a collection of misfits growing up together in Bangor in
1984, and stars Verow regulars Bonnie Dickenson, Devery Doleman, Eric
Sapp, Philly and Bill Dwyer. Verow and Dwyer co-wrote and will
co-produce the film.
>> Hickenlooper Goes After "Brass Ring"
Millennium Films and director George Hickenlooper ("Low Life")
are currently in production on "The Big Brass Ring," a drama based
on an unproduced screenplay by Orson Welles and Oja Kodar. Reworked
by Hickenlooper and fellow writers Matthew Greenberg ("Mimic") and
F. X. Feeney ("Frankenstein Unbound"), the film details the rise of a
savvy Republican politician who is threatened by a dark secret from
his past. Budgeted at $5.5 million and presently shooting in St. Louis
and Los Angeles, the film stars William Hurt ("Dark City"), Nigel
Hawthorne ("The X-Files"), Irene Jacob ("Red") and Miranda Richardson
>> Greenwald Making Abbie Hoffman Bio Pic
Abbie!, director Robert Greenwalds (The Day Lincoln was Shot)
biography of legendary activist and iconoclast Abbie Hoffman, recently
started production in Toronto. Based on several books about Hoffman,
including Marty Jezers Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel, the $10
million drama stars Vincent DOnofrio (Men in Black) and Janeane
Garofalo (The Truth About Cats and Dogs). Greenwald is producing,
along with DOnofrio and Jon Avnet (Red Corner).
>> Bennett Tackling "Savage Land"
Writer/ Director Bill Bennett ("Kiss or Kill") is currently shooting
the Beyond Films drama "In a Savage Land" in Australia and New Guinea.
The $7.5 million film stars Martin Donovan ("The Opposite of Sex"),
Rufus Sewell ("Dangerous Beauty") and Maya Stange ("Love in Limbo"),
and focuses on a young couple on an anthropological to a little South
Pacific island in the early 1940s, where they get caught up in local
tribal battles and the Japanese war machine.