Cameras are rolling on DreamWorks Pictures' The Terminal, under the direction of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The film stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci. Filming began at the beginning of the month in Los Angeles.
The Terminal tells the story of Viktor Navorski (Hanks), a visitor to
New York from Eastern Europe whose homeland erupts in a fiery coup while he
is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport
from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must
improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge
until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds
the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity,
generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity and even romance with a
beautiful flight attendant named Amelia (Zeta-Jones).
The film is being produced by Spielberg, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald from a screenplay by Sacha Gervasi and Jeff Nathanson from a story by Andrew Niccol. Patricia Whitcher, Jason Hoffs and Niccol are serving as executive producers.
The majority of the movie's interiors will be shot on a two-and-a-half story recreation of a full-size operating terminal, which has been constructed in an enormous hanger located at Palmdale's famed "aerospace alley," north of Los Angeles. Filming will be completed on location in Montreal.
Behind the scenes on The Terminal, Spielberg is also joined by a number of his previous collaborators, including Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski, production designer Alex McDowell, costume designer Mary Zophres, three time Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn and composer John Williams, who won three of his five Oscars for his work on the Spielberg films Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler's List.