Plan 'Clue' After N.Y. 'Escape' (The Hollywood
Reporter/Oct 23/1980/US) By Sharon Lee Dobuler
Principal photography was
completed here yesterday a week ahead of schedule on the third and
highest-budgeted feature thus far made by the team of horror master John
Carpenter and producer
Hill told The Hollywood Reporter that she hoped this production would lead both
herself and Carpenter away from the horror genre. "Even The Fog
was supposed to be simply a ghost story, but our critics wanted us to compete
with Halloween," she said.
Halloween, coauthored by the team, was shot in only 20 days on a $300,000
Hill said she would like to move on to the production of westerns and musicals
in addition to terror films. To this end, she has bought the rights to Clue,
a Parker Brothers game, and she plans to make a whodunit for Polygram and
"We are going to use the characters from the game and invent a new character,
Detective Parker, who will solve the crime. I want it to go along the route of
suspense with comic relief. I don't want to make another Neil Simon or Agatha
Christie mystery," she said. Thus far, no director or screenwriter has been
Escape From New York, a $7 million motion picture to be released next
summer by Avco-Embassy, shot for three months in futuristic locations scattered
over five states: Georgia, Missouri, California, Nevada and New York.
The film, directed and coscripted by Carpenter, depicts a nightmarish New York
City, in the year 1997, as a maximum security prison in which the U.S.
President's plane crashes.
Donald Pleasence plays the President and
is the "anti-hero" who must rescue him.
The movie, filled with special effects and innovative cinematic techniques, used
Panavision ultraspeed lenses for the first time in an entire picture in order to
film New York entirely by night. "There's no day in this picture. The whole
thing takes place in 24 hours in complete darkness. The only lighting comes from
fires in the streets. New York City's covered with burned-down buildings and
overturned cars, and is completely walled in," Hill told The Hollywood Reporter.