HOLLYWOOD -- It may be a jungle out there, but director John McTiernan thinks there's not enough of it left. At least that's what he found out when he scouted locations for his latest film, Hollywood Pictures' "Medicine Man," which stars Sean Connery as a scientist who discovers a cancer cure in the Amazon rain forests.
Mr. McTiernan says that his original plan was to shoot "Medicine Man" in Palenque, Mexico, an area next to the Guatemalan border and the spot where he filmed "Predator" in 1985. There was just one problem: In the five years since he was there, the jungle had disappeared. "It was developed into a hotel and two or three other tourist attractions," says Nr, McTiernan. "There was basically no jungle left. I was shocked."
After scouting for jungles unsuccessfully throughout Central America and Venezuela by airplane and helicopter, Mr. McTiernan headed for Borneo, where he also came up empty-handed. His next stop was Malaysia, which, during World War II, was known for its fabled thick foliage that kept the Japanese army at bay. This is the '90s, though -- "It now looks like Southern California," he says.