Considering how crazy the industry is for 3-D product right now, there are surprisingly few people I would call "experts" at shooting in the process at this point.
Patrick Lussier may well be one of the few guys who deserves that title. When he shot "My Bloody Valentine," he did it all as in-camera 3-D. No post-conversion from him. And the same is true of his wild new movie "Drive Angry," which will be roaring into Hall H at Comic-Con 2010 on Friday, July 23, at 11:15 AM. I'll be moderating the panel, so I went to check out the presentation you'll be seeing yesterday over at Summit.
First, it's true. When you go to the Summit offices, you are personally greeted at the door by a shirtless Taylor Lautner, who carries you around piggy-back style the entire time you're there. And I've never actually been to offices where people were blowing their nose with $100 bills, but I guess that's what "Twilight" money does to you. Aside from those little eccentricities, it was a great visit, and I walked away thinking that we're going to see a truly unhinged ride when "Drive Angry" actually hits theater screens on February 11, 2011.
As we were talking about what led him to making the movie, Lussier name-checked two films in particular that I found interesting. First was "High Plains Drifter," and anyone dropping that title gets a smile out of me. Second was "Race With The Devil," and I love that Patrick was obsessed with the poster for that film long before he ever saw the movie. In some ways, his "Drive Angry" is the film you might imagine "Race With The Devil" to be if you just saw the poster and never got around to actually seeing the movie.
Our own Greg Ellwood actually visited the "Drive Angry" set, and you can read his set visit report if you want to know more about it. You can also check out some concept art from the movie that we just published.
Here's the official synopsis from the studio:
In the newest 3D action-adventure from the director of MY BLOODY VALENTINE, DRIVE ANGRY stars Nicolas Cage as Milton, a hardened felon who has broken out of hell for one last chance at redemption. Intent on stopping a vicious cult who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice her baby beneath a full moon.
He's joined by Piper (Amber Heard) – a young, sexy waitress who liberates her ex-boyfriend's cherry-red muscle car in order to help Milton. Now, the two of them are hot on the trail of the deadly leader of the cult, Jonah King (Billy Burke), who believes it is his destiny to use the baby to unleash hell on earth.
But the bloodthirsty cult is the least of Milton's problems. The police are after him too. And worse, an enigmatic killer known only as "The Accountant" – who has been sent by the Devil to retrieve Milton and deliver him back to hell. With wicked cunning and hypnotic savagery, the Accountant will relentlessly pursue Milton at high speed across the country until his mission is accomplished.
Fueled by high octane and pure rage, Milton must use his anger to go beyond all human limits to avenge his daughter’s murder, before his last chance at redemption is revoked.
U.S. Release via Summit Entertainment, February 11, 2011. Not yet rated.
So here's a good look at "The Accountant," played by the amazing William Fichtner, who will be joining us on the panel on Friday:
And here's a full-sized look at a great still of Nic Cage as Milton, looking a little worse for wear:
Please drop by and check out the panel if you're at Comic-Con, and make sure to find Summit on the convention floor, too, since it sounds like they're trying some fun and crazy stuff at the booth this year.
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