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 »
Here’s an updated trailer for Act Of Valor, in which active duty Navy SEALs play key roles in what Relativity describes as “a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism inspired by true events.” With an emphasis on state-of-the-art warfare, it’s produced and directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh and written by Kurt Johnstad. In addition to the SEALs it stars Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano. Opens February 24.
EXCLUSIVE: In its second sale this season, Bruckheimer TV has set up a Navy SEALs drama at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The untitled project, from Life creator/executive producer Rand Ravich, is based on the lives of Navy SEALs and their families. Ravich will write the script and executive produce the Warner Bros TV project with his producing partner Far Shariat, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing.
The Navy SEALs arena was expected to be hot this development season following the successful May assassination of Osama bin Laden by an elite team of SEALs. The ABC deal follows another major Bruckheimer TV sale last week, when the company’s procedural drama from writer Aron Eli Coleite about a mom who becomes a New York State Trooper received a put pilot commitment at CBS.
When Deadline broke the story that Relativity Media had won an auction for Act of Valor by paying a $13 million minimum guarantee and $30 million P&A commitment for a Navy SEAL mission movie, we told you the film would open President’s Day. Relativity has just made the date official. Here’s the release:
(Beverly Hills, CA) June 23, 2011 – Relativity Media announced today that it will kick-off President’s Day weekend in 2012 by releasing its groundbreaking, intense, action-thriller Act of Valor, which showcases an elite group of active duty Navy SEALs in a fictionalized composite of actual events, in North America on February 17th. The studio recently acquired worldwide rights to market and distribute the film from the Bandito Brothers’. The film is set for a wide release.
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UPDATE: Relativity Media has closed its deal for Act of Valor, as Deadline revealed earlier today. Press release is below our original break on the deal. Relativity has dated the film for 2012, so I suspect it will be Presidents’ Day weekend in late February.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 1:27 PM: In what will shape up as arguably the biggest money paid for a finished film with an unknown cast, Relativity Media is finalizing a deal where Ryan Kavanaugh’s company will pay a $13 million minimum guarantee and a $30 million P&A commitment for Act of Valor, a mission movie involving Navy SEALs. The film’s being plotted for either a Veterans Day weekend release in November of a Presidents Day release in February.
The film will be the first movie about Navy SEALs to come out since that group killed Osama bin Laden; others SEAL films are percolating including a Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama about the actual hunt for bin Laden that Sony Pictures acquired. In Act of Valor, the half dozen lead roles were played by active-duty Navy SEALs, and the military was behind a picture that was shot under the radar. The picture was scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300) and directed by the Bandito Brothers’ Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh.
I’d heard that the picture was gaining buzz after it was given recruited screenings over the past couple weeks at the Arclight and in New York, and distributors began bidding. … Read More »
UPDATE: I’ve learned that Memphis won’t be an impediment to Paul Greengrass directing this Somali pirate movie, so I expect this to move quickly and that this will be the director’s next film.
EARLIER: Director Paul Greengrass and Sony Pictures have moved a step closer to the filmmaker coming aboard to steer the Sony Pictures’ Somali pirate drama to star Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips. Greengrass was among a short list of directors for the gig but I’m told Sony Pictures has just offered him the picture and talks are about to begin. Phillips was the skipper of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama who gave himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates to keep his crew from having to leave the ship with them. After three days of being held hostage alone with the armed pirates in a small lifeboat, Phillips was saved by Navy SEALs who staged a dramatic rescue that left the captain unharmed, three captors dead and another in custody. The film is based on Phillips’ memoir A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, which was published last year by Hyperion. Sony Pictures’ The Social Network team of Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey are producing. Hanks signed on in March after sparking to a script written by Billy Ray. Elizabeth Cantillon is supervising for Sony Pictures.
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