Hackford plans to return to film directing


Taylor Hackford is trading in New Visions for new visions.

tTC After some two and a half years devoted to the producing side of his producer and director personality, Hackford, whose credits as producer and director include such films as "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Against All Odds," "Everybody's All American" and Bamba," is writing finis to the story of his New Visions Pictures company and returning to directing.

But the company, which functioned as a small studio, leaves a legacy. There is Richard Pearce's "Long Walk Home," a story of the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., starring Sissy Spacek as a prosperous housewife and Whoopi Goldberg as her maid. And in the pipeline, Hackford said, is a handful of other films scheduled for release in 1991, including:

* "Queens Logic," a comedy-drama about a reunion of a group of friends in their 30s who came of age during the 1970s. The cast includes John Malkovich, Joe Mantegna, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ken Olin, Linda Farrentino and Tom Waits.

* "Defenseless," a Hitchcockian thriller starring Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard and Mary Beth Hurt.

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