PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON 'THE WAR'; FILM REUNITES CREATIVE TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR 1991 HIT 'FRIED GREEN TOMATOES'
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography has begun on "The War." The comedy/drama is being directed by Jon Avnet and produced by Avnet and partner Jordan Kerner, the creative team responsible for Universal's acclaimed boxoffice hit "Fried Green Tomatoes." Elijah Wood, who recently completed filming Rob Reiner's "North," and co-starred with Mel Gibson in "Forever Young," stars in "The War." Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner is set to play the supporting role of Wood's father in the film. Mare Winningham ("Hard Promises," "Turner and Hooch," "St. Elmo's Fire" and the upcoming "Wyatt Earp") appears as the mother. When a turf war over a tree fort threatens to erupt among neighborhood kids in a small Southern town, a father's teaching of tolerance and understanding is put to the test in the dramatic and comedic story of "The War." "Like `Fried Green Tomatoes,'" says Avnet, "`The War' is a wonderfully entertaining story. The challenge for me in making this picture, however, is to delicately balance the story's frequent shift from comedy to drama." "The War" is an Avnet/Kerner Company production of an Island World picture and is a Pipeline Production slated for release by Universal Pictures in 1994. Jon Avnet directs from Kathy McWorter's original screenplay, with Eric Eisner and Todd Baker serving as executive producers. Co-producers are Lisa Lindstrom and Martin Huberty. "The War" is being shot on location in Georgia and South Carolina. In addition to "Fried Green Tomatoes," which grossed $82 million in the United States and was nominated for two Academy Awards, The Avnet/Kerner Company produced the recent box-office hit, "The Mighty Ducks," which grossed over $52 million domestically, and the features "Men Don't Leave" and "Less Than Zero," as well as a number of critically acclaimed television films, including TNT's "Heat Wave," winner of four ACE Awards. Previously partnered with Steve Tisch, Avnet was responsible for the 1983 smash "Risky Business" and the award- winning telefilm "The Burning Bed." Prior to his roles as Mark Twain's title character in "The Adventures of Huck Finn," and as Jamie Lee Curtis' son in "Forever Young," Wood starred in "Paradise," "Radio Flyer," and "Avalon." He may currently be seen in the "The Good Son" opposite Macaulay Culkin. Executive producers Eisner and Baker currently serve as chief executive officer and vice president of production, respectively, for Island World, producer of the recent Twentieth Century Fox release, "The Sandlot." -0- 9/20/93 /CONTACT: Alan Sutton, 818-777-1293/
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