The team got some great shots and renderings of L.A.’s Chinatown…Location scouts going very well- should have everything locked this weekend!
Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. Launches Pre-Production on Multi-Million Dollar Sci-Fi Thriller `White Space`; on Location in Los Angeles Through July for Production
Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. Launches Pre-Production on Multi-Million Dollar Sci-Fi Thriller ‘White Space’; on Location in Los Angeles Through July for Production
Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIKP) (www.mtpprods.com) and Ryan Colucci’s’ Spoke Lane Entertainment proudly announce that the partners have launched pre-production on their high-concept sci-fi thriller, ‘White Space’. MIKP CEO/Producer, Mark B. Newbauer has relocated to Los Angeles for the shoot, where he, Colucci and other project principles are working diligently toward principle photography, which is slated for June 6, 2011 at premier studios and soundstages which will be announced in line with locations as pre-production moves forward.
Colucci notes, “We’re keeping a lot under wraps in line with announcement strategy, but the project is set in deep space, the year 2150; visually stunning, while at the same time, conveying a desolate landscape in line with the frightening themes at the core of the feature’s storyline.”
“The project has quite a bit on the table for Mike the Pike Productions and its shareholders as it marks the first feature film the company will engage in this year as part of its plans to produce no less than 5 feature films in the next 24 months,” states Newbauer. “We’ve had tremendous success with receptive financiers on projects such as ‘White Space’ and others, with initial funding already in place.
The deal includes MTP receiving 33% in all forms of backend revenue as shared by producers (theatrical, DVD, VOD, merchandising and ancillary) with a Company credit on the feature. Currently secured crew and assets for ‘White Space’ include Director of Photography, Unit Production Manager, Production Designer, Visual Effects, Cast and Locations, which will be announced in line with the companies’ industry strategies through pre-pro, principle photography and post-production with a fully finished feature in Q3.
“I think we have tremendous opportunity with the team on ‘White Space’ toward an exponential return on sales and long-term revenues,” states Newbauer. “As items are released in line with additional strategies for the project, I am confident we will attract long-term shareholders with solid potential for long-term growth; this, alongside the company’s goals to uplist in the near future,” states Newbauer. “We’ve yet to have an ideal opportunity to offer shareholders a dividend with weight. Since the restructure and, now, the momentum in our feature film division, it is our commitment to dividend shareholders from the company’s revenue share in each project so they may reap the benefits of their investment in direct proportion to our projects’ successes.”
MTP Producers Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Mark B. Newbauer present: Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin’s, THE SKIN TRADE: From the best-selling author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones comes this white knuckle chiller with a string of unsolved murders immersed deep in lycan lore : When a series of grotesque killings strikes her small hometown, private detective Randi Wade becomes suspicious. The grisly murders remind her all too much of her own father’s death nearly 20 years ago. Now there is a killer in town who not only slays his victims, but also takes their skin. Undaunted, Randi takes the case head-on as the murders continue, each more brutal than the last. When a close friend suddenly becomes a target, he is forced to reveal a startling secret about himself and Randi is quickly pulled into a dark world within her own town where monsters do exist and even they have something to fear…
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I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday to jump feet first into pre-production on a feature film we’ve been developing since early 2011, ‘White Space’. As many who follow our news are aware, we were set to launch production on a feature called ‘Horse’ (which has been in development for some time due to cast availability) to be shot on location in Fort Wayne, Indiana- solid story, strong characters and something I’m very excited about— then I had a conversation with producing partner, Ryan Colucci- He showed me a script called White Space based on a story of his and written by a Screenwriter currently on contract with a major entertainment banner—-
I can’t say much at this time regarding premise/plot, but I can say that reading it took me back— it takes place in the future- deep space, and that usually takes me back to the 70’s and 80’s where classics like ‘Alien’ and John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ became staples in their genre— much of the fear and paranoia generated from solitude, paranoia and claustrophobia against backdrops like space and the ocean, which are concrete reminders of just how infinitesimal we, and our worries, truly are, have gone missing in recent years….until I entered ‘White Space’.
It was a done deal- on a Saturday at the supermarket I was in Fort Wayne; Ryan in New York and we agreed to move forward with a strong director on board who brings a unique asset to the shoot as a whole.
Shortly thereafter, with an impressive Pitch Deck outlining the project’s strengths, we secured initial funds to launch. Here we are into a 13 hour day at the studio and I was excited to share the progress thus far with shareholders, friends and family with a few pics (below) snapshotting a few moments/images from today.
We’ll have much to share via press release (see our press page) through May/June/July in terms of accomplishments on the project toward a finished film aimed for theatrical release, with easy potential for multi-million dollar returns and solid positioning for successive projects we have in development such as George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Skin Trade’, which has only been helped immensely by the massive reception of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ which has catapulted the author’s impact and mass relevance.
Quentin Tarantino’s next will be called Django Unchained
Not a great deal is known about Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, but it now has a title.
His forthcoming spaghetti western, set to star Christoph Waltz, will be called Django Unchained.
The title was first announced when a mysterious photo of the first page of the script was posted on Twitter, and it was later verified by Tarantino’s agency via IndieWire (all helpfully compiled via Slashfilm).
The film is said to homage 1966 spag-west Django (in which a gunslinger is caught in a feud between the Ku Klux Klan and Mexican bandits), as well as Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django.
Slashfilm also reproduced a mildly spoilerific synopsis from a source who claims to have read the script:
“Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself.
“After assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner.”
Amy Poehler: I like the blondie!
George R. R. Martin: She’s straight out of drama school.
Amy Poehler: You can tell. I think she left all her shirts and bras at drama school.
Amy Poehler talking to George R.R. Martin about her love of the Game of Thrones HBO series, especially the Daenerys Targaryen character, while at the Time 100 Gala.
George R.R. Martin, author behind HBO's 'Game of Thrones' and www.mtpprods.com 'The Skin Trade' offers his top 10 fantasy films
uthor George R.R. Martin‘s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has an incredible fan following and is considered one of the top fantasy series ever written. A TV adaptation of the stories is set to begin airing on HBO tomorrow night, with the first season based on the first book, A Game of Thrones.
But did you ever wonder what Martin himself considers some of the top fantasy stories ever told? The author wrote a special list up for The Daily Beastrunning down his personal all-time favorite fantasy movies.
You can find out what he chose by heading on over to the other side now!
For every pick Martin made he also explained why, but instead of pasting the whole thing we’ll just rank off the bottom ones and then look at the top five.
Here’s what the bottom half of George R.R. Martin’s top ten fantasy movies looks like. You can read what Martin had to say about his numbers 10-6 and why he picked them by clicking the link above.
10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
9. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
8. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
7. Dark City (1998)
6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
And here are the top five along with why Martin chose them:
5. Dragonslayer (1981)
This underrated 1981 fantasy was a co-production between Disney and Paramount, but it ranks well above most of Disney’s live action from the period. It’s surprisingly dark, and delivers some nice twists and turns along the way. Vermithrax Perjorative is the best dragon ever put on film (the dragons in Reign of Fire are a close second) and has the coolest dragon name as well. Ralph Richardson ranks right up there with Frank Morgan as Best Film Wizard of All Time (Until Ian McKellan Put on the Pointy Hat). I especially loved his first words when he comes back from the dead. Peter MacNichol stars as Galen, an impressively earnest, blotchy, and incompetent sorcerer’s apprentice. There’s also a beautiful, brave, noble princess, who gets eaten by baby dragons after making us believe she’s Galen’s love interest. The real love interest, Caitlin Clarke, spends most of the film pretending to be a boy, a bit of gender-bending one would never have expected from Disney. The film’s bad guys are painted in shades of gray; from where they sit, they’re the heroes, doing what has to be done to save the land. Even Vermithrax has believable motives. Matthews Robbins directed; Robbins and Hal Barwood wrote. Do NOT confuse this one with the much inferior Dragonheart.
4. Ladyhawke (1984)
Romantic fantasy done right. Richard Donner directed this 1985 medieval romance from a story and script by Edward Khmara. Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer starred as the star-crossed lovers, cursed so they can only share a few brief moments together at dawn and dusk; she turns into a hawk during the day, and he transforms into a wolf by night. Both are at their best and most beautiful in this one. Matthew Broderick also excels as the thief Mouse. Haunting, evocative, sweet and sad and magical, Ladyhawke was beautifully acted, directed, and shot… and then nearly ruined by one of the worst scores ever put on film, a mess that attempted to combine the cheesy ’80s sound of the Alan Parsons Project with Gregorian chants and music from the London Philharmonic. If only there was a way to turn off the soundtrack and still hear the dialogue… if only there was a way to convince someone to re-release this film with a brand new score.
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Films don’t get much more classic than this. What a cast! Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, the guy who replaced Buddy Epson as the Tin Woodman whose name I always forget, Margaret Hamilton (never been a better Wicked Witch, never will be), Frank Morgan’s avuncular rapscallion of a Wizard (MGM wanted W.C. Fields for the role, which would have been a hoot) and of course Judy Garland as Dorothy (MGM wanted Shirley Temple for that role, which would have been… ah… sweet). And we can’t forget her little dog Toto. The music is marvelous, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” became one of Garland’s greatest hits, and numerous lines from the film have become part of our common culture. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” “Follow the yellow brick road.” “No one sees the wizard, not no way, not no how.” Not to mention flying monkeys, munchkins, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. As mayor of the munchkin city, I rank this one third.
2. The Princess Bride (1987)
William Goldman’s 1973 novel was a delight, and Rob Reiner’s 1987 film version brought it masterfully to the screen. With Goldman handling the adaptation himself, the movie managed to capture all of the book’s charm and wit–no easy task. The casting was perfect in this one. Cary Elwes as the Man in Black, the lovely Robin Wright as the beautiful Princess Buttercup, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, and Fred Savage in the framing story (a rather different frame than the one in the novel, where Goldman himself is a character, but it worked wonderfully)… and of course Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, everyone’s favorite swashbuckler. The Man in Black’s three duels are each classics in their own way, especially his confrontation with Inigo, which ranks right up with Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone as one of the great cinematic swordfights of all time. And Goldman’s dialogue has never been crisper or funnier. “Why are you smiling?” It would have been inconceivable not to put this one on the list.
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
I suppose I could list these as my Top 3, but they are really one long movie (very long if you watch the extended cuts with their extra footage, which are my preferred versions) just as the Tolkien “trilogy” was actually one long novel sliced into three parts by publisher fiat. Lord of the Rings was long thought to be unfilmable, and the various animated attempts from Ralph Bakshi and Rankin-Bass went a long way to proving the truth of that, but Peter Jackson’s magnificent epic refuted all the naysayers. Elijah Wood was very good as Frodo and Sean Astin even better as Sam. Viggo Mortensen doesn’t fit my own mental image of Strider, but soon won me over all the same. Sean Bean made an amazing Boromir, and Ian McKellan was the perfect Gandalf. The artistry that went into the making of Gollum still astonishes. Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire. I missed the latter (the former, not so much). This was as faithful and reverent an adaptation as could ever have been hoped for. If you don’t like these films, you don’t like fantasy.
“At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided.” – Herman Melville
Captain’s Log April 1, Year of our Lord, Twenty-Eleven: Okay, the anchor’s not quite up yet, and though it’s April 1st, don’t be fooled, there is treasure on the horizon. MTP has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure smooth sailing with a few major opportunities for MTP and its shareholders. One, in particular, with producing partner, Ryan Colucci and a strategic relationship with www.filmworksfx.com founder, Ken Locsmandi, should provide a sea of good news for all those who didn’t jump ship post-reverse on the company’s publicly traded entity, MIKP. There’s not too much we’ll say pre-public announcement, but I can say I am confident like never before that we will accomplish more than anyone bargained for in 2011, with respect to motion pictures, graphic novels and the company’s stock. The announcement is in line with a project that MTP will embark on with Ryan, myself and Jim Devoti producing, with visual effects genius, Ken Locsmandi, helming the controls. Until our next entry, Regards.
Had a great meeting with George R.R. Martin — both an honor and a pleasure, and I mean that despite any cliche. It started with a brief background on each other and from there we enjoyed a delicious and, as-expected, overpriced breakfast at his hotel.
The guy is altogether human, personable and a lover of life. We talked about everything from HBO’s adaptation of his ‘Game of Thrones’ to 80’s anthology shows like Amazing Stories and Twilight Zone to potential Graphic Novel discussions… and, of course, we discussed the direction we’re heading with ‘The Skin Trade’, with the aim of turning out a classic, gritty thriller with mass appeal. No team Jacob here. We’re talking classic, hard-hitting cinema with in-depth characters and striking milieu.
BTW- congrats to HBO and GRRM as ‘Game of Thrones’ is picked up for a second season after only 1 episode!….. One viewing is completely demonstrative of the claim that this is the network’s Sopranos of the Middle Ages… Sex, Mugs and f*ckin trolls… lol
Shortly thereafter, I paid a visit to our producing partner, Ken Locsmandi at his studio HQ for www.filmworksfx.com, which is also the home ofwww.newdealstudios.com and www.strangercomics.com. A great group of collaborators with hands in each others’ projects for a dream-team of a creative family grouped into one campus. More to come on that as, for shareholders and sideliners alike, we make announcements on our sci-fi thriller with Spoke Lane Entertainment set for principle photography this summer in Los Angeles. All involved feel it has amazing potential in terms of production value and overall capacity for revenue performance and audience satisfaction…
Again, thank you, GRRM, for your time today as we work toward making you proud with a film adaptation of The Skin Trade.