Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”), Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) will star in director Jeffrey St. Jules’ indie movie “Bang Bang Baby” for Scythia Films and JoBro Productions, TheWrap has learned.
Principal photography began earlier this week in Toronto.
“Bang Bang Baby” is a 1960s musical about Stepphy (Levy), who lives in the sleepy town of Lonely Arms with her alcoholic father, played by Stormare. Stepphy’s dream of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen seems to be coming true when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms. When the town creep tells Stepphy that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations, she becomes obsessed with hiding the dark secret from Bobby.
The film is produced by Daniel Bekerman, Jonathan Bronfman (son of movie mogul Paul Bronfman) and Don Allan, while executive producers are Christina Piovesan, Lon Molnar, Mark Gingras and Ethan Lazar.
“Bang Bang Baby” is a Scythia Films/JoBro Production with the participation of Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund.
VFX company Intelligent Creatures (“Watchmen”) is involved with the project, which apparently named Chatwin’s character after its cinematographer Bobby Shore (“Goon”).
“This movie is poppy and shiny on the outside and on the inside it’s a pretty gritty psychological portrait of a young woman who lives too much inside her own dreams,” said Bekerman. “Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin’s charisma and iconic quality make them fun to watch and they’re also capable of conveying a lot of depth. Peter Stormare is so exciting as George, because he can use humor to communicate the pathos of a character like nobody else can. They all tuned into Jeffrey’s vision really fast which makes us feel like we’re on the right track.”
St. Jules is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival. He developed “Bang Bang Baby” in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation residency program.
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Chris Wedge is directing this live action/CGI hybrid project with Mary Parent producing. It is slated to be released May 29, 2015.
Jane Levy and Lucas Till are being targeted to star in Paramount’s upcoming live action/CGI hybrid project Monster Trucks.
Plot details are few, but the project is being written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Although the project has not been given the official green light, a May 29, 2015 release date has been set.
If the deals go through, Lucas Till would be playing a bad boy with a good heart with Jane Levy portraying a character being described as Tina Fey in high school. Chris Wedge will be directing with Mary Parent producing.
Lucas Till is best known for playing Havok in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Jane Levy had a role in ABC’s comedy Suburgatory and previously starred in the Evil Dead reboot.
Production is slated to start this summer.
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Indie film Frank and Cindy has rounded out its cast as it heads into production.
The based-on-a-true-story film about Frank Garcia, bassist of early 1980s one-hit wonder band OXO, and his wife Cindy Brown, has added Oliver Platt, Jane Levy, Marc Maron and Johnny Simmons to its cast.
Brown’s son, G.J. Echternkamp, who made the documentary on which the film is based, is set to direct the feature.
Platt will play Garcia while Rene Russo, who was previously announced as a member of the cast, will play Brown.
Scoot McNairy will produce the film along with John Pierce, Bill Perkins and Bic Tran.
Platt recently completed work on Cut Bank and will next work on Focus’ Kill the Messenger. He’s repped by WME.
Levy is a series regular on ABC’s Suburgatory and will star in the psychological thriller In a Dark Place. She’s repped by WME.
Maron writes, produces and stars in the IFC comedy series Maron. He’ll also star in the upcoming comedy feature Flock of Dudes. He’s repped by WME.
Simmons, whose work includes The Perks of Being a Wallflower and 21 Jump Street, most recently appeared in raunchy comedy The To Do List. He’s repped by Anonymous Content.
Chris McCoy, who worked on the Guardians Of The Galaxy script, has his own movie to direct. McCoy wrote and will make his feature helming debut on Good Kids, his script that made the 2011 Black List script. Nicholas Braun, who is starring in the Sony genre mash up movie Kitchen Sink will star with Jane Levy, the Suburgatory star who’s coming off the Evil Dead remake. The film is about four overachieving high school students on Cape Cod who reinvent themselves after graduation when the summer people come to town. Depth of Field’s Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing, and they are out for financing.
McCoy seems poised to pop. He has had three scripts on the Black List. Aside from Good Kids, he landed Good Looking on the 2009 list, and it got optioned by Double Feature Films and DreamWorks, and Get Back, which made the 2007 list and was optioned by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. His book Scurvy Goonda was published by Knopf in 2009, and he’s got a 2015 pub date from Knopf for The Prom-Goer’s Interstellar Companion. McCoy is represented by WME and Gotham Group.
Call it a shameless plug, but ShockYa.com made a point of covering the “Evil Dead” DVD and Blu-ray at San Diego Comic Con not only because we adore the film, but also because our praise for director Fede Alvarez’s hypnotic display of carnage is branded on the back of every single DVD and Blu-ray in circulation.
In case you missed it when it hit theaters back in April or, even worse, never experienced the 1981 original, “Evil Dead” involves a group of friends who head out for a relaxing getaway at a cabin in the woods, only to be tormented by an evil force with twisted intentions. In the 2013 iteration specifically, the trip is arranged in support of Jane Levy’s Mia. Having suffered through a bout with drug addiction, her friends insist that this little escape will get her clean once and for all. And perhaps it would have worked had something far more malicious than drugs not slipped its way into Mia’s system.
We got the chance to get a quick sound bite with Alvarez and Levy while the duo celebrated the home release at SDCC. You can check that out below and if that’s not enough, our interview with the cast from SXSW is up and running and, of course, now you can watch the full film anytime and anywhere you want, too.
Check out this interview with Jane Levy and “Evil Dead” director Fede Alvarez at Comic-Con.
Director Fede Alvarez and actress Jane Levy were down in San Diego during Comic-Con to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Evil Dead.
ShockTillYouDrop.com has spoken with the two on a number of occasions about the reboot of the Evil Dead franchise, so when we caught up to them it was like reconnecting with friends.
This is an interview that’s best read after you’ve seen the movie.
Shock Till You Drop: Let’s talk about the most taxing day on set…
Jane Levy: It’s hard to rate them, but I remember I had a breakdown, but it wasn’t necessarily because of what we were doing. It was a combination of things.
Fede Alvarez: What we were doing was complicated. Everything surrounding the last scene was difficult. It wasn’t just outside in the woods, but we were on stage. When Mia’s behind the wall in the shed and the machete was coming through the wall, Jane was about to break.
Levy: What I would have to do is I would have to stand outside on the set and they would paint blood all over my body. They would pour blood all over my head before the shoot, then I’d have to run into this little space, no one could come and touch me up because it was so small. And then this machete, that wasn’t sharp but still metal, would come through…
Alvarez: There was one that was sharp. That’s one of my favorite moments of pain in the film, the machete going through her knee. That was a prosthetic on top of her knee, but the thing had to cut through it, so it was sharp. I remember you were nervous about it.
Levy: I had to take a break. That last sequence was tough for everyone. The d.p. was so tired! [laughs] Everyone was stained pink. Everyone’s…
Alvarez: …balls were pink.
Shock: How many days did that take to pull off?
Alvarez: It was about a week in the woods with the rain blood and then probably two or more three days on stage to do the work shed part of the scene. Everyone was covered in plastic, but it didn’t matter because you were going to get covered in blood.
Shock: Who played the being that comes out of the ground?
Alvarez: Randall, a Canadian dude. He’s great. That was a combination of Jane face put on another body. It’s not CGI, but a mock of Jane’s face glued on another guy. He’s a Canadian actor based in New Zealand. It was inspired by stuff like REC and some other stuff.
Shock: Jane, what kind of projects did you start fielding after the film was so successful?
Levy: Well, this means I don’t need to do another horror film. [laughs] What good can come out of it? I already did one that people saw, the end. I just mean it was really hard and I will, of course, come back for Evil Dead 2 if that happens. But I did two independent horror films recently…
Alvarez: I saw you on the list for Mary Jane [for Amazing Spider-Man 2].
Levy: I would love to be Mary Jane, what’s the deal? Who else can play her? Nobody!
Shock: There are deleted scenes on the Blu-ray. Now, Jane, was there anything that didn’t make the film that you wish did?
Levy: There was a whole extended scene of me in the cellar which I liked. There’s me singing, which was in the trailer. After I get raped by a tree and we did this scene where I’m walking through the woods and it’s scary because…
Alvarez: …there’s a stream of blood going down her leg.
Levy: And her friends are calling for her but she’s so out of it, I don’t respond. It’s weird. My favorite thing is that Evil Dead is so weird. Through all of it, I love that it’s weird.
Shock: Did you get to meet the original ladies of the Evil Dead?
Levy: I never did, but I went to a restaurant the other day and the waitress said her mom was one of the women from the original Evil Dead.
Shock: And what about the sequel at this point?
Alvarez: The beauty of it is Sam has all of the control. He made the movie because he wanted fans to have a new Evil Dead and this was a good time to refresh the saga. In order to have a sequel, it has to be relevant for us. We need to let the audience know what happened with Mia. How is she going to explain to people what happened? There’s a mystery there that’s intriguing to me. Also, is the Book going to let her go? Those are the important questions, otherwise you’re just going to have a generic sequel. When there’s a story to be told, that’s when the sequel is good. So, we’re just trying to figure out what story we want to tell.