Rhys Wakefield will star opposite Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady in sci-fi thriller Vigilandia by writer/director James DeMonaco. Michael Bay, Platinum Dunes, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Blumhouse Productions are producing the feature that is shooting in Los Angeles. Wakefield’s upcoming projects include Nobody Walks and The Philosophers. His past credits include roles in Universal’s Sanctum and The Black Balloon. He is repped by CAA, RGM Artist Group and attorney David Webber.
Edwin Hodge will star opposite Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey in Universal’s upcoming Vigilandia. James DeMonaco is writing and directing the sci-fi thriller. Michael Bay, Platinum Dunes, and Blumhouse Productions are producing the feature that begins shooting next week in Los Angeles. Hodge’s previous films include the upcoming Red Dawn as well as Take Me Home Tonight and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. His television credits include Jack and Bobby and Mental. He’ll be in the upcoming season of Cougar Town as Busy Phillips’ new love interest. Hodge is repped by Pakula/King & Associates and The Priluck Company.
Today’s announcement that Universal Pictures would finance Vigilandia, a film by Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and the Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, is worth reconsidering on a philosophical level. Universal, which has spent boatloads of money on films like Battleship, is funding a movie that will cost a couple million dollars. For that, they’ve got Ethan Hawke, and the expertise of Blum and Bay, the director of the megabudget Transformers films. Something is happening here; studios are re-thinking the idea of overspending on risky projects (Warner Bros just unplugged Arthur & Lancelot and Akira) when audiences are turning out for films like The Devil Inside. That no-budget film, acquired by Paramount’s new Insurge division, got about the worst reviews since Plan 9 From Outer Space, and still out-grossed movies made for signficantly more money. This could make a tightening marketplace even tighter, if these found footage no-cost films continue to break the bank. While the Paranormal Activity films and Insidious have been highly profitable crowd pleasers, if studios refocus their attention on these down and dirty films, don’t expect the quality of movie making to get any better in 2012 than it was last year.
Universal Pictures has teamed with Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes Productions and Why Not Productions on Vigilandia, a futuristic thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco. Ethan Hawke will star in the low-budget project, which starts shooting February 13. It’s the first project from the first-look deal Universal gave to Jason Blum to produce low-budget genre films. Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce. Sebastien Lemercier is exec producer. DeMonaco scripted The Negotiator and Assault On Precinct 13, the latter of which starred Hawke.