“Posse.” Working Title’s May release of a soldier booted from the Army in the Spanish American War who ends up in a black utopia called Freemanville is directed by Mario Van Peebles, who also stars; Preston Holmes and Jim Steele produce; Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster and Bill Fishman exec produce Sy Richardson and Dario Scardapane’s script.
“Kalifornia.” Propaganda’s psycho thriller with Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis joining an unwitting couple in a cross-country tour of historic murder sites set for late-July release. Domini Sena directs; Steven Golin, Joni Sighvatsson and Aris McGarry produce; Michael Kuhn, Jim Kouf and Lynn Bigelow exec produce Tim Metcalf’s screenplay.
“King of the Hill.” A.E. Hotchner’s novel adapted by Steven Soderbergh (who also directs) will unreel in August. The coming-of-age piece about a 12-year-old boy trades on similarities to Huck Finn and stars Jeroen Krabbe, Elizabeth McGovern and Karen Allen. Barbara Maltby, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa produce; John Hardy co-produces and Robert Redford exec produces for Wildwood/Yerxa-Berger Prods.
“Romeo Is Bleeding.” Working Title/Hilary Henkin’s dark comedy for early September carries the biggest ensemble cast with Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis, Roy Scheider and Peter Boyle. Peter Medak directs Henkin’s script.
“Dazed and Confused.” Alphaville’s late-September comedy about 20 teens’ last rip-roaring day of high school. Written, produced and directed by Richard Linklater (“Slacker”), pic is set in 1976, in what is cast as the turning point period from idealism of the prior decade to the “Me” generation of the ’80s. Also producing is James Jacks and Sean Daniel.
“Dream Lover.” Propaganda’s October psycho thriller stars James Spader and Madchen Amick. It is Oscar-winning screenwriter (“Reversal of Fortune”) Nicholas Kazan’s directorial debut. Sighvatsson, Lauren Lloyd and Wallis Nicita produce; Golin and Edward Pressman exec produce.
“Lights Out.” Propaganda’s late-October suspense thriller stars Michael Madsen, Gary Stretch and Lisa Bonet. Nigel Dick directs Larry Golin’s screenplay about an intrepid cop and a female reporter hunting down a madman. Golin, Sighvatsson and Gregg Fineberg produce; Gary Milkis is exec producer.
“A Home of Our Own.” A&M Films’ November tearjerker starring Kathy Bates spins from Patrick Duncan’s screenplay about a mother who chucks the big city and heads for a new life in Idaho. Tony Bill directs; Dale Pollock and Bill Bordon produce.
“A Dangerous Woman.” Amblin’s tentative Christmas release stars Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey and Gabriel Byrne. Stephen Gyllenhaal (“Waterland”) directs Naomi Foner’s screenplay about a social outcast and her aunt whose lives are changed by a drifter answering their ad for a handyman. Foner also produces; Kathleen Kennedy exec produces.