‘SPACE TRUCKERS’ PICKS UP VAN THE MAN

When the makers of “Space Truckers” went to Ireland to shoot the sci-fi action film, they did it to exploit tax breaks and local resources. Now they’ve made a deal to exploit another major Irish resource, having landed singing legend Van Morrison to write and perform the theme song and also make his acting debut in the film, which stars Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar and George Wendt

“Space Truckers,” directed by Stuart Gordon and scripted by Ted Mann, begins production Sept. 11 after financing was sewn up on the $23 million film, with Morgan O’Sullivan joining as producer.

“Now that the film is rolling, we’re beginning to hear from majors about the North American rights,” said Peter Newman, who produces with Mann and Gordon, with Greg Johnson exec producing alongside Guy Collins of London-based IAC Films, chief financier of the film.

Newman produced such indie fare as “Smoke,” “Blue in the Face” and the future biopic of Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, scripted by Mann, with Bill Murray and director John McNaughton attached.

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