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Deadline-Launched Teaser Trailer ‘The Prototype’ Hatches Berlin-Bound Pic Package

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 9:46am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: What started as a cool teaser trailer on Deadline has turned into a full-fledged movie package that will be shopped hard at Berlin next week. Andrew Will has written and will direct The Prototype, a sci-fi thriller that will be produced by Will and Shawn Wallace of Variant Films, Sean Cushing of Cantina Creative and Max Leitman of Bandito Brothers. This is being put together in a similar fashion that the Bandito Brothers employed when it did Act Of Valor, the $12 million film that has grossed over $80 million. FilmNation is financing, and Glen Basner will be in Berlin next week selling international rights. WME Global’s Graham Taylor will be spearheading the domestic deal.

We run a lot of trailers on this site, and agency parodies that have gotten jobs and representation for actors and directors, but this is a new one for Deadline. Since we broke this trailer in June, it spread to YouTube, where it has gotten more than 10.5 million views and became a web phenomenon. It was around the seventh-most-viewed trailer on the site last year. Considering it was a trailer for a movie that didn’t exist, with no big stars to speak of, and with no marketing, that’s pretty good. But it’s also a pretty cool trailer. Here it is again:

Watch the video on YouTube.

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FilmNation Stakes Bandito Brothers On Thriller ‘The Prototype’

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 1:50pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation Entertainment will provide financing for The Prototype, an action thriller written and directed by Andrew Will (Archangel) and produced by Bandito Brothers in much the same maverick fashion as they generated Act Of Valor.  FilmNation will handle international sales, and Bandito Brothers’ Max Leitman will produce with Shawn Wallace and Will of Variant Films, and Sean Cushing.

Deadline first caught wind of this project back in late June, when the short film by Will leaked when it was being shopped by WME Global. The Prototype is an experimental drone soldier that is being hunted by the FBI’s elite Critical Incident Response Group after it escapes from a top-secret military base and goes on the run. It’s based on a short film by the writer-director. It’s an under-$40 million film somewhat likened to District 9, with casting getting underway. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Act Of Valor’s Scott Waugh To Helm ‘Hawken’

By | Saturday July 14, 2012 @ 4:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Act Of Valor co-director Scott Waugh has signed on to direct a live action adaptation of Hawken, a free-to-play shooter game from Meteor Entertainment that started creating buzz at E3. Warner Bros has signed on to make the movie.

The team behind Hawken let word about the project slip at a Comic-Con panel for the web series. Bandito Brothers will be producing. The game will be playable on Android, iPhone and other platforms. Hawken already has over 300,000 users registered, and Archaia will publish the graphic novel.

WME reps Waugh, the former stuntman who is also in talks with DreamWorks to helm an adaptation of the vidgame Need For Speed.

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Hot Bandito Brothers Teaser: ‘The Prototype’

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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Bandito Brothers’ ‘Waiting For Lightning’

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 4:24pm PDT

Los Angeles, CA -June 27, 2012 – Samuel Goldwyn Films is proud to announce, as the X Games kick-off, that it is has acquired all U.S. rights to Bandito Brothers’ Waiting For Lightning. The SXSW fan favorite and rousing documentary follows skateboarding legend and action sports pioneer Danny Way on his journey to jump China’s Great Wall, and reveals the passion, grit, determination and psyche behind one of the world’s greatest athletes. Goldwyn plans a Fall 2012 release.

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‘Act Of Valor’s Bandito Brothers Moves To ‘God’s Gulch’

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 4:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE:  Bandito Brothers has set up another feature project to follow Act of Valor. Mike “Mouse” McCoy, who co-directed that Relativity Media-released drama with Scott Waugh, will direct God’s Gulch, a drama that that Brooks McClaren will write, based on an idea he and McCoy hatched together. Bandito Brothers, the financing/production studio, will fund the film.

The logline: In the wake of the entire computer network shutting down and the ensuing economic and societal collapse, a group must come together to fight for their survival.

This is the second picture that Bandito Brothers has set in the run-up to the release of Act of Valor, the $12 million budget film that topped the box office last weekend with a $25 million opening weekend. Waugh just made a deal to direct High Speed, a gritty, stylized car chase film that is being written by Greg Russo. Both of these projects will come after McCoy and Waugh direct Black Sands, the action film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and goes into production this summer.

McCoy, co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of Bandito Brothers, is best known as an award winning commercial director whose most recent commercial work includes the re-branding of Hot Wheels. McClaren previously wrote the 2010 Black List script How It Ends, which has Breck Eisner attached to direct and Sierra financing a summer start. God’s Gulch is produced by McCoy, Max Leitman, Jay Pollak and Michael Mailis. The Bandito Brothers and McClaren are … Read More »

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After Navy SEAL Pic ‘Act Of Valor,’ Bandito Brothers Rev ‘High Speed’ Racing Pic

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 4:41pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Bandito Brothers, the production partnership that produced and financed the upcoming Navy SEAL action drama Act of Valor, will target underground racing for their next big film. Scott Waugh, who co-directed Act of Valor, will helm High Speed, a gritty, stylized car chase film that is being written by Greg Russo. Like Act of Valor, the film will be generated by The Bandito Brothers and produced by Bandito partners Waugh, Max Leitman and Jay Pollak. The story centers around the best high-speed police pursuit drivers in the country, assembled as a unit to stop and elusive, high-end underground racing circuit hellbent on running deadly point-to-point races through major American Cities.

Bandito Brothers is shaping up to be an intriguing operation. Like the Kurt Johnstad-scripted Act of Valor–an action adventure featuring real active duty Navy SEALs taking on terrorism–High Speed will be financed and entirely self-generated through Bandito Brothers. That is a full service content creation studio whose eight partners hatch, produce and finance immersive content ranging from features to documentaries and commercials and programming for TV and digital. Waugh directed Act of Valor with fellow Bandito Brother Mouse McCoy. They raised the $12 million budget and flew under the radar until they were ready to take the finished film to the marketplace. Relativity Media won a bidding battle and paid $13 million for distribution. If the picture becomes a hit, Bandito … Read More »

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