Updated ‘Swiss’ mix

Seymour stars in family shipwreck classic

Jane Seymour, TV’s frontier physician, will spend the summer shipwrecked on a not-so-deserted tropical island, as principal photography starts today in Puerto Rico on “The New Swiss Family Robinson,” an action-adventure feature inspired by the classic Johann Wyss novel.

James Keach, Seymour’s real-life husband, will co-star as the Robinson dad in the Total Films Ltd. production. Live Entertainment will distribute.

Gerald Green, of Total, is exec producer, and Diane Kirman and Patricia Green co-produce.

Stewart Raffill, who wrote the script, is directing the updated story of shipwreck and survival.

“It’s the sort of dream a modern-day businessman might imagine — sailing off around the world with his family,” said Seymour, speaking from her room in the Puerto Rico resort where the production is headquartered.

In the film, the new Robinson family sets out in their small sailboat on a voyage from Hong Kong to Australia. But David Carradine, the movie’s heavy and the guy who sells them the sailboat, catches up with the clan somewhere off Borneo, with evil intentions. When a storm wells up suddenly, the boat is dashed against a reef, stranding the family.

John Mallory Asher, Jamie Renee Smith and Blake Bashoff are the Robinson kids. Pic also stars Yvonne Scio.

Keach directed the Warners feature “The Stars Fell on Henrietta.” He has also acted and produced numerous other projects.

Producers are working toward a Christmas 1997 release date.

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