Howard directs thriller 'Backdraft' Branagh is making 'Dead Again'


HOLLYWOOD -- Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the girlfriend of Billy Baldwin, and Scott Glenn plays a veteran fireman in "Backdraft," Imagine Films' thriller about an arson investigation in Chicago, which also stars Kurt Russell. Ron Howard will direct and Richard B. Lewis will produce Greg Widen's screenplay. Filming on the Universal release began in the Windy City during the summer.

Donald Sutherland will star opposite Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in Paramount's "Dead Again," which Branagh will also direct. The drama, written by Scott Frank, concerns a woman suffering from amnesia and will take place in present-day Los Angeles and the late '40s. Production gets under way thils month.

Gary Busey will play Keanu Reeves' partner and Lori Petty has HTC the female lead in Largo Entertainment's "Riders on the Storm," a thriller about two FBI men who infiltrate the surfing scene to solve a series of bank robberies.

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