Exciting news (at least to me). We have been approved to screen a portion of Cyborg Nemesis right after The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper screening. It screens immediately after and we will screen a long portion for a very exclusive peek at the finished film. Not a trailer but but from the finished feature. It is exciting to see it for the first time. Its got a lot of surprises in it! The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper and Cyborg Nemesis could be more different films but both represent of where I am at as a filmmaker and artist (?!). Should be fun for the audience. Don't forget October 16th at 8 PM at the South Point Cinemark Theaters!! Hope everyone can make this unique experience. - Albert
I've been approached about directing a remake of Van Damme's "Lionheart" with Van Damme by the rights holding distributor. Not sure if I will do this as it doesn't seem to be a film needing a remake. I guess I'd changed the Los angeles setting to Hong Kong, but I am not sure it fits in with what I do. But I told the rights holder I will consider it depending on how excited JCVD is about it. And if I can make it with my vision of it. - Albert.
Glenn Cochrane and I have been working on the Napoleon teaser art and this is what we've come up with in this early period. As we get cast and more elements, it will evolve but for now with little more than a title, I think Glenn did a terrific job. Huge gratitude to Glenn for creating this piece of Teaser key Art. Its not easy when there is so few elements at this stage. - Albert.
The battles in the film are the French assault on Sardinia, the Siege of Toulon, and the fight to end the Reign of Terror in France and bring down Robespierre. The film ends with Napoleon riding to take over the army of Italy which began his conquest of the world.
I have reached out to a producer named Dragan Josipovic to see if he'll come aboard and help produce "Napoleon". Joss has line produced several films I did (Captain America, Adrenalin Fear the Rush, Crazy Six) and a few big studio pictures like Gladiator, Behind Enemy Lines, Blackhawk Down to name a few. He's very smart, knows me, and is extremely resourceful in getting production done the best way. He is very nice as well. I hope he accepts after reading the screenplay.
Nu Boyana Studios in Bulgaria has put Elana Malamed on "Napoleon" as our UPM/ Line Producer. Elana was the UPM on Expedables 3 so she's got the experience to get this done efficiently in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hoping Mike Leeder can find it in his busy schedule to produce the China sequences. Its coming together. Now comes break downs and budgets. Its always a process to get the budget to fit how much is raised and balanced with how I want to make the film. But its exciting to get it off the ground. - Albert
Great news! My longtime actors and friends, NORBERT WEISSER and SCOTT PAULIN are going to drive to Las Vegas to attend THE INTERROGATION OF CHERYL COOPER screening on Oct 16th during the Pollygrind Underground Film Festival's opening night. Scott was the Red Skull in my Captain America and Norbert has been in more of my films than any other. I will be back from scouting in Bulgaria and will be at the screening! It should be fun as the film is truly unique, even by my standards. It features a brillant performance by Tommie Vegas and I hope the screening brings much praise and attention her way. What a talent!! Hope she is there. The third member of the cast, Brittany Bochart will attend as well. So it should be a fun night for all. - Albert.
Finished the Napoleon screenplay. It's scope will require a theatrical release. It's been tailored for van Damme and I hope he responds to it. In a lot of ways the screenplay reads like a star vehicle. Cynthia is making a final pass proofing and then it will start to be sent out. The foreign distrib I want will read it tomorrow in Paris. I think it's a very unique historical epic. Fast paced and lean. We feature three large scale battles
The screenplay covers the period in Napoleon's life from the battle in Sardinia in 1793 to his release from house arrest in 1794. It was a chaotic period in France history and Napoleon rose to power in these tumultuous era. I estimate needing at least 35 shooting days and I need to raise 10-12 million to afford a star cast and to bring the screenplay to the screen. I'll shoot digital but every scene on practical sets. No green screen except a bit in the battle scenes. I sent the screenplay to Nu Boyana Studios in Bulgaria to get their budget. I'll use a mostly Bulgarian crew except for DP, First AD and, maybe, editor. It'll be critical to assemble the film as I shoot. I'll send the screenplay to Van Damme once I hear back from several distributors about how they see the project. -
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