Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Today it was announced that Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen) is set to star in a new high concept action film titled Live!. The exciting thing about the film is it not only takes place in real time but is also being shot in real time. (Although I’m a bit skeptical about that approach; I’m sure they will make use of invisible blended cuts similar to those in Birdman.)
The script, written by Jeremy Drysdale, “tracks disgraced cop, Kyle Penny (Eckhart), on his hunt to rescue Police Commissioner Volk’s kidnapped daughter, trapped somewhere in the city with only 80 minutes to live.” The real-time angle comes in as Penny teams with an online news reporter, who captures a live video feed of the hunt.
Live! will be the directorial feature film debut of award winning second unit action directors/stunt coordinators Darrin Prescott & Wade Allen (John Wick, Insurgent, Drive).
I’ve been a fan of the idea of real-time stories for a long time. Before /Film I was developing a realtime split screen chase short film. Like many of you, I fell in love with the concept at the core of Fox’s 24 TV series. And I’ve even enjoyed experimental indie films like Timecode and Russian Ark, which play with the idea of using real time and split screens in more dramatic situations. So yeah, I’m excited to see how this turns out. Find out the full details of the Aaron Eckhart realtime movie in the press release below.
Aaron Eckhart Realtime Movie ‘Live!’ Press Release
AARON ECKHART SET TO STAR IN THE SOLUTION ENTERTAINMENT GROUP’S ACTIONER “LIVE!”
JOINS TOP ACTION DIRECTORS DARRIN PRESCOTT AND WADE ALLEN’S PIC
PIC MARKS FIRST DEAL IN MULTI PICTURE RELATIONSHIP WITH EQUITY FINANCIER FUBAR FILMS
Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2015) – Aaron Eckhart (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE DARK KNIGHT, upcoming BLEED FOR THIS, MY ALL AMERICAN and Blumhouse/Universal’s INCARNATE) is set to star in the high concept action film LIVE!, it was announced today by producers Myles Nestel (THE NOVEMBER MAN, LAGGIES), co-founder and partner of The Solution Entertainment Group and Skip Williamson (UNDERWORLD franchise, GAMER, CRANK) of 5B Artist+Media.
The Solution is producing the film, which will begin principal photography in October. Onboard to fully finance and co-produce is Fubar Films, headed by producer Colin Bates (MAGGIE). Executive producers are Fubar Films’ Peter M. DeGeorge, William Stetson and Lindsey Howery.
The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Craig Chapman and Sentient’s Christopher Tuffin and Renee Tab are also executive producing the film. LIVE! marks the first picture in a multi-picture collaboration between Fubar and The Solution. The Solution is also handling worldwide sales on the project.
Written by Jeremy Drysdale, LIVE! will be co-directed by award winning second unit action directors/stunt coordinators Darrin Prescott & Wade Allen (JOHN WICK, INSURGENT, DRIVE, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, 2 GUNS) who will make their directorial feature film debut.
Shot in real time, the original script tracks disgraced cop, Kyle Penny (Eckhart), on his hunt to rescue Police Commissioner Volk’s kidnapped daughter, trapped somewhere in the city with only 80 minutes to live. A deranged killer on his heels, Penny’s only hope is teaming with Ava Brooks, an ambitious young online reporter who films the wild chase live.
“There are very few independent action movies being made and this one truly kicks ass,” said producer Nestel. “We’re thrilled to have Aaron star as he will bring an intensity and authenticity to the role of Kyle Penny that will elevate the material to another level. And with Darrin and Wade at the helm, LIVE! will set the bar for today’s action audiences. We are so excited that this is the first project that we are partnering with Fubar on and look forward to this being the first of many!”
“Having worked shoulder to shoulder with Darrin and Wade on several action films over the years, I could not be more amped to watch them in the director’s chair where they will bring out many of the stunts and action sequences they have always wanted to do,” added Williamson. “Teaming them with a true actor of Aaron’s caliber will create something the action crowd will love.”
On behalf of Fubar, Colin Bates added: “We are thrilled to be coming onboard LIVE! and to join forces with The Solution in the first of many co-productions. The intensity and uniqueness of the script combined with the talents of Darrin, Wade and Aaron make for a sure fire success.”
Aaron Eckhart stars opposite Miles Teller in The Solution’s highly anticipated boxing biopic BLEED FOR THIS. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film will be released by Open Road Films. Eckhart is also starring in MY ALL AMERICAN which will be released in the fall, as well as Blumhouse/Universal’s INCARNATE. Eckhart’s previous credits include playing Harvey Dent aka “Two-Face” in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed and worldwide box office sensation THE DARK KNIGHT and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN with Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler. He will reprise his role in the sequel, LONDON HAS FALLEN, coming to theatres in January 2016 through Focus Features. Eckhart was nominated for a Golden Globe for his leading role in THANK YOU FOR SMOKING.
Eckhart is represented by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman. Prescott and Allen are managed by Cory Brennan at 5B Artist+Media.
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