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PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON 'BODY SNATCHERS;' ABEL FERRARA DIRECTS CONTINUATION OF SCI-FI CLASSIC TO BE DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER BROS.

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON 'BODY SNATCHERS;' ABEL FERRARA DIRECTS
 CONTINUATION OF SCI-FI CLASSIC TO BE DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER BROS.
 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Producer Robert H. Solo and Warner Bros. have announced the start of principal photography in Selma, Ala., on "Body Snatchers," an original film inspired by the provocative science fiction classic, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Director Abel Ferrara ("King of New York") brings his unique vision and an entirely new dimension of the chilling story of human life being inexorably taken over by aliens -- the soulless, emotionless "pods." The film is written by Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli and Nicholas St. John, who has worked extensively with Ferrara, and will be distributed by Warner Bros.
 Meg Tilly ("Valmont"), Gabrielle Anwar ("Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken") and Terry Kinney (Broadway's "The Grapes of Wrath") star in the contemporary thriller. Also appearing in leading roles are Billy Wirth ("The Lost Boys"), Christine Elise ("Beverly Hills 90210"), R. Lee Ermey ("Mississippi Burning") and Reilly Murphy ("Stepkids").
 The 1956 release of the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," directed by Don Siegel and starring Kevin McCarthy, was hailed as a masterwork of the science-fiction genre. Its plot, about alien beings whose humanoid exterior concealed an obsession with exposing and transforming those unlike them, was a sensation, not only for its heart- stopping suspense, but also as a metaphor for the McCarthy witch hunts during the height of the Cold War.
 In 1978, Solo produced an acclaimed remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," which starred Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams and took aim at the "new age" philosophies of the prior decade which seemed to be threatening to brainwash legions of Americans.
 The new "Body Snatchers," set in the present day with all new characters and storyline, is told through its youthful heroes, who are forced to realize their own alienation from modern society and to band together for their survival and the survival of humanity.
 "I certainly wasn't interested in doing another remake," said Solo. "This film has an original, fresh voice that speaks to the concerns of a new generation. Although we're remaining true to the science-fiction genre, 'Body Snatchers' has much more action and adventure than its predecessors and a unique point of view."
 Solo's distinguished career includes the films, "Colors," with Robert Duvall and Sean Penn; "Bad Boys," also starring Penn; "Winter People," and the upcoming "Blue Sky," starring Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones; and "Car 54, Where Are You?"
 Director Ferrara's films have been singled out for their visual style and powerful sense of character. After his "King of New York" caused a furor at the New York Film Festival, the Los Angeles Times called him "the ultimate outlaw filmmaker" and "the poet gangster of cinema." His other films include "Fear City" with Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger, "Ms. 45" and "China Girl." On "Body Snatchers," Ferrara will again be working with his long-time collaborator, director of photography Bojan Bazelli.
 "Body Snatchers," a Dorset Productions film, will be released by Warner Bros.
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