Patrick Bergin and Helen Mirren are set to star in “Raging Earth,” the first feature from New York-based Eagle Films.
Eagle Films topper Rene L. Ash will exec produce and his partner/wife Ethel Ash will produce with Rolando Guistini. “Henry V” producer Bruce Sharman will co-produce.
Indie financing of the $ 13.5 million eco-actioner is almost completed. No distrib is attached.
“Joshua Tree” helmer Vic Armstrong will shoot the exteriors in a Malaysian rain forest, a key “character” in the adventure.
Sci-fi twist has the planet striking back with a vengeance against man’s destruction of the rain forests.
Bergin (“Sleeping With the Enemy”) will play Harry, a Wall Street broker who quits his job and retreats into the jungle to start over. He slowly becomes an activist and meets Evelyn (Mirren), a doctor searching for a medicinal plant believed to cure cancer.
As reported, “Mississippi Masala” star Sarita Choudhury plays Bergin’s sidekick and “Lethal Weapon 2” villain Joss Ackland is an enemy who runs a corporation that’s clear-cutting the rain forest.
The cancer-cure theme is where comparisons begin and end with “Medicine Man,” according to the spokesman. He said “Raging Earth” will be chock-full of special effects and be more of an action-adventure/thriller than a save-the-forest love story.
Oscar-winner Kit West (“Indiana Jones”) begins three months of special effects production on elaborate reptiles Aug. 15. Location shoots in Malaysia will be followed by interiors at Pinewood Studios in England.
J. Frank James script is based on an original idea by eco-activist/producer Guistini. Indie production has other key credits in place, including music by Carl Davis, best known for his scores of “Scandal” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” Pic will be shot by Dick Bush, who filmed many of director Ken Russell’s early pix and more recently shot “Yanks” and “Victor Victoria.””Return of the Jedi” editor Sean Barton is set to cut “Raging Earth.”