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PRELUDE PICTURES ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION SLATE OF 15 FILMS

 Films Include `Pilgrim,' a Contemporary Western Being Offered
 at the Cannes Film Market and `Lost In Space,' a Major Feature
 Based on the Popular 1960's TV Series
 LOS ANGELES, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Prelude Pictures, the recently formed independent production company based at Paramount Pictures, has moved quickly in the last six months, putting 15 films into active development, including the recently announced "Lost In Space" feature.
 Prelude was formed in September of 1992, as a joint venture development company with Neufeld-Rehme Productions in association with Paramount Pictures. Prelude's partners are Douglas Curtis, a prolific producer whose credits include "Black Moon Rising," which starred Tommy Lee Jones and Linda Hamilton, and "The Philadelphia Experiment," which starred Michael Pare; Mark Koch, a former Detroit industrialist, now involved full-time with Prelude; and Mike Ilitch Jr., a member of a Detroit family whose holdings include the national pizza chain, Little Caesars, and two professional sports teams, the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Detroit Red Wings hockey team.
 Under the agreement with Paramount, Prelude submits its projects to the studio on a "first look" basis. Those projects made for Paramount are to be produced by Mace Neufeld and Robert Rehme (producers of "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games") and executive produced by Prelude's partners. Those projects made with another studio or financier will be produced by Prelude's partners and executive produced by Neufeld and Rehme. Prelude and Neufeld- Rehme are equal partners in each venture.
 Prelude's slate of projects in development include:
 "Lost In Space" -- Previously announced, this ambitious sci-fi adventure is based on the popular 1960s television series. It is to be written by a major screenwriter and is set for production later in the year for a summer 1994 release. The film, which will be an updated version of the series, will feature extraordinary special effects and be budgeted in the $40 to $50 million range.
 "Judicial Consent" -- The first Prelude project set to begin production, "Judicial Consent" is a courtroom thriller written and to be directed by William Bindley. Principal photography will most likely begin mid-summer.
 "Our Father" -- John Candy ("Uncle Buck") is set to star in this fish-out-of-water story about a Beverly Hills priest banished to a downtown Detroit parish as punishment for his self-indulgent ways. A major screenwriter is being sought for this project, which is based on an original concept by Candy.
 "Pilgrim" -- A contemporary Western, set in the Southwest, to be directed by Harley Cokeliss ("Black Moon Rising"), produced by Douglas Curtis and Mark Koch and written by Peter Milligan, who has written two previous screenplays for Paramount. It is currently being sold at the Cannes Film Market by Victor Films Ltd.
 "Little Outlaws" -- A western about two runaway children who hook up with a hardened outlaw and change his life. Written by newcomers Chris Parker and Michael Lucker, the film is to be directed by Chris Caine ("Young Guns"). The film will be produced with a studio other than Paramount. An announcement is imminent.
 "Blue Thunder" -- Based on the Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell novel about the murder of Donald Aranow, a Miami builder of the "cigarette" speed boats used by drug runners. The true story exposes a vast network of corruption in Miami. The project was formerly in development at Carolco Pictures, where Renny Harlin was attached to direct.
 "Atlas" -- A political thriller described as a "Three Days of the Condor" for the 90s, the project is written by Michael Murray, a veteran of several motion pictures for television.
 "Senior Trip" -- From a screenplay written by Jared Rappaport, the multigenerational comedy is about two teens forced to travel cross-country with their grandparents.
 "Flawless" -- A story of intrigue about a major jewel robbery, the screenplay is written by Guy Riedel, executive producer of "The Waterdance."
 "Swordfight" -- An action-adventure story set in both medieval and contemporary times, involving two unlikely heroes, evolved from a spec script written by Brian Fuld.
 "Hazardous Waste" -- An action-film noir about an average small- town family man who must confront a ruthless killer, the story is to be written by unproduced screenwriter Carter Blanchard and based on a novel by Fred Thompson.
 "The God Project" -- A sci-fi thriller based on the best-selling John Saul novel, about the horrifying potential of genetic engineering. The screenplay is to be written by Greg O'Neill ("The Sleeping Car," "Tuff Turf").
 "Big Girl" -- An animated feature about two children, a race horse and a dog vying to win the Kentucky Derby. The screenplay is written by Greg O'Neill.
 "Goofman" -- A children's fantasy adventure about a 12-year-old boy who becomes a superhero to combat crime in his New York neighborhood, it is written by Marc Sedaka and Bob Hoge.
 "Coffins, Coffins, Coffins" -- A screwball comedy about two young women who struggle to transport a coffin cross-country to a funeral home in Los Angeles, from a script by Maria Jacquemetton.
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 /CONTACT: Tony Angellotti or Murray Weissman of Weissman/Angellotti, 818-763-2975, for Prelude Pictures/


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