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'Disaster' Industry Is Big In Film. Planning Northwest Arkonso* TIMES, Friday, May 10, 1974 FAYeTTCVILLt, ARKANSAS By BOB THOMAS LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The movie world is becoming a disaster area -- literally -- since producers have realised that millions can be mined from sagas or man vs. atoms, insects, earthquake, fire and other disasters. "We've got to give the public something they can't get on television," argues Jennings Lang, executive or MCA-Universal and a leader in the disaster industry. He is the one who induced Mario Puzo to write an original s t o r y f o r "Earthquake," i n which a large part of Los Angeles is destroyed. The movie is now being firmed. Another Universal project is "Hindenberg," in which Robert Wise will reproduce the destruction of the German dirigible. Because it is impractical to build a new one. Wise plans to photograph a 60-foot model of the ill fated dirigible. George C. Scott will star in the film. Charlton Heston is starring not only in "Earthquake,' 1 but also in Uiversal's "Airport 1975." It has a Boeing 747 which is disabled in a collision with another plane. Pilot Heston comes to the rescue by being lowered from a helicopter. The same studio is offering ','Jaws." which has started shooting on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. It is based on the Peler Benchley best seller aboftt a white shark that devours swim- mers. The king of the disaster epics Irwin Allen, the man who gave you "The Poiseidon Adventure," which started the whole trend. He is now burning the world's tallest building in "The Towering Inferno." One wall of Allen's office at 20th Century-Fox is devoted to artists' depictions of his future projects. They include "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure," "The Day the World Ended," "The Golden Gate'' and "The Swarm," the latter based on a new book about an insect invasion. Insects arc big in film planning this year. P a r a m o u n t will release "Phase IV," a science fiction movie about ants t h a t threaten to take over the earth. It was made in Arizona by Saul Bass long-time designer of opening titles for movies. Veteran thrill maker William Castle is preparing "The Heph aestus Plague," which will de pict an invasion of giant cockroaches. Castle plans to guarantee an audience reaction, lie is developing a device which will brusl) the legs of theater patrons and make them think the cockroaches are coming. Universal's Lang is also developing a new system to supply added dimension to "Earthquake." The system w i l l use sound speakers and smoke machines to simulate the effects of a temblor. Columbia's UiiriK is bats, m i l ions of tliom. The company will soon release a film made jy Metromedia producers, 'Chosen Survivors," starring Jackie Cooper and Alex Corel. They are among the survivors of ati atomic holocaust ..ho Iry to live in wKlct'gi'ound eaves but are attacked by vara- :)ire bats. There will be more. As long as the disaster films last they w i l l prove a bonan/n for stunt people, makeup artists and special effects men. Less so, per- liaps, for audiences. Seeks independent Planning Districts LITTLK ROCK ( A P ) -Charles T. Crow, director of tha slate Planning Department, said T h u r s d a y t h a t Arkansas' eight regional planning and development districts should not be controlled by the state. Crow told the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee that the regional planning districts should he public rather than ' Special. Half-size Pantsuits Assorted short sleeve shirt jacket styles, beautiful selection of colors tn patterns and solids. JCPenney Mother's Day Weekend Specials Special 4 quart electric ice cream freezer. 9.88 Hamilton Beach 7 speed blender. 16.88 Special 5.88 The 'Checkratary', Genuine split cowhide leather. Features checkbook compartment, coin purse, cardholders and bill comportment in gold, tart, brown, navy and red. 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