Indie 'Christmas' goes into production

Dan Gordon directing; Elliott Gould among cast

WonderStar Prods. is moving into production on the indie film "The Christmas Movie," written and directed by Dan Gordon.

Elliott Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, Olesya Rulin, Cybill Shepherd, Gene Simmons and Fred Willard make up the ensemble cast in the story of a pregnant teenager who runs away from her upscale life and ends up struggling in a trailer park in New Mexico.

WonderStar's Kim Waltrip is producing, and Jim Casey is executive producing.

Gordon, who is repped by Intellectual Property Group, wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for "Murder in the First," "Wyatt Earp," "The Hurricane" and "Passenger 57." He has "Mafia Cop" in development at Universal. This is his directorial debut.