Aside from a brief lull during spring, caused by the threat of a Screen Actors Guild Strike, 1998 has been a very busy year for film and television production in Utah.
In fact, Utah Film Commission officials say that at the current pace, the 1999 fiscal year will break existing records for the amount of money brought into the local economy by those productions. Following is a list of projects that have been filmed in Utah in the past year, as well as their release status:RECENTLY RELEASED ON VIDEO:
"Meet the Deedles." Cast: Dennis Hopper, Paul Walker IV, Steve Von Wormer. Theatrical film.
"Mr. Atlas." Cast: Timothy Bottoms, T.J. Lowther.
"The Rage." Cast: Lorenzo Lamas, Gary Busey, Roy Scheider. (Formerly known as "Word of Honor")
COMING SOON TO THEATERS, TV OR VIDEO:
"Before He Wakes." Cast: Jaclyn Smith. CBS TV movie. Will air during the current television season.
"Beyond the Prairie." Cast: Richard Thomas, Lindsay Crouse, Tess Harper. CBS TV movie. Will air during the current television season.
"Clay Pigeons." Cast: Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix, Janeane Garofalo. Theatrical film.
"Passion in the Desert." Cast: Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli. Theatrical film.
"S.L.C. Punk!" Cast: Matthew Lillard, Jennifer Lien. Theatrical film.
FINISHED FILMING, BUT NO FIRM RELEASE DATES:
"Friends and Lovers." Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Stephen Baldwin, Claudia Schiffer, Alison Eastwood. Theatrical film.
"Long Road Home." Straight-to-video film.
"Net Worth." Cast: Daniel Baldwin, Craig Sheffer, Brooke Langton, Michael T. Weiss. Theatrical film.
"Route 66." Theatrical film.
"The Runner." Cast: Ron Eldard, Courteney Cox, John Goodman, Joe Mantegna. Theatrical film.
"Slow Burn." Theatrical film.
PROJECTS CURRENTLY FILMING OR SET TO START SOON:
"Made Men." Cast: Jim Belushi. Theatrical film.
"Next to You." Cast: Melissa Joan Hart. Theatrical film.
"Promised Land." Cast: Gerald McRaney, Wendy Phillips, Austin O'Brien, Celeste Holm. CBS television series.
"Shepherd." Cast: Tom Arnold, Amy Irving, Chris Isaak, Clarence Williams III. Theatrical film.
"Touched by an Angel." Cast: Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye. CBS television series.
"Walker, Texas Ranger." Cast: Chuck Norris, Sheree North. CBS television series.