2 December 2016
Bond villain Dave Bautista, “Imperium” star Daniel Radcliffe, British gangster actor Craig Fairbrass and Hollywood legend Wesley Snipes all toasted Signature Entertainment’s fifth year in business last night at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.
Bautista joined the party via a video phone link up from his home in Florida to reminisce about Signature’s latest film project “Final Score” in which he plays a former soldier who has to rescue a football crowd including the daughter of a dead comrade from massacre by a ruthless gang of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom.
Filmed at West Ham’s former ground Upton Park before its demolition, Bautista said starring alongside Pierce Brosnan was, “Amazing, I have a bit of a man crush on Pierce. There was absolutely no reason not to fall in love with that guy; he’s a movie star, he’s smart, so talented but as a person I was amazed at how down-to-earth he was.
“I learned a lot from him and I will never forget that his last words to me were, ‘Be brave, be bold’, and I just loved that!”
Interviewed by Signature owner and CEO Marc Goldberg, a die-hard West Ham fan, Bautista also declared he would follow the club “till the day I die”.
Snipes said hello to the assembled retailers, suppliers and staff on behalf of the Precision Pictures release “Final Recall”, a sci-fi actioner about alien invasion and mass abduction, in which he stars alongside RJ Mitte from “Breaking Bad”.
Radcliffe expressed his “great pleasure” in working with Signature on “Imperium” — a digital bestseller — and on his next project, “Jungle”, in which he battles to escape the Bolivian jungle after getting lost.
Craig Fairbrass shared his experiences of working on the latest instalment in the “Rise of the Footsoldier” franchise — “Footsoldier: The Beginning”, which also stars Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder and veteran actor Larry Lamb.
“We finished filming two days ago after five weeks of completely relentless brutality. I have never punched, stabbed, kicked or shot so many people in one film! But, trust me, it delivers. It is on par, if not better, than the first one,” he said.
Fairbrass also paid tribute to the producer behind the franchise: “Carnaby do gangster films in this country like no other people. Every day, I couldn’t believe the footage we were getting.”
“Rise of the Footsoldier Part II” was released on Boxing Day last year and has since gone on to sell 350,000 physical and digital copies, according to Head of Marketing Claire Loewenthal: “It shows the true hunger from the ‘Footsoldier’ audience.”
Loewenthal provided a whistle-stop tour of the 2017 slate, picking out highlights such as Signature’s first major production, “The Hatton Garden Job”, which is set for release in Q2 to mark the second anniversary of the heist that dominated the headlines.?Boasting an all-star British cast of Phil Daniels, Larry Lamb, Matthew Goode, Joely Richardson, Stephen Moyer, David Calder and Clive Russell, Loewenthal said: “The film is funny, gritty, fast-paced and stylish but not only that it represents four veterans of crime and their last chance at the big time.”
She also picked out potential bestsellers in horror “The Void”, war movie “Operation Chromite” with Liam Neeson, plus fast-paced action movie “Southern Fury” — with “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier, Nicolas Cage and John Cusack — and Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Aftermath”. The latter two films come from Signature’s new partnership with production powerhouse Emmett Furla (“Silence”, “Lone Survivor”, “Rambo”).
Loewenthal described Shia LeBeouf’s role in “Man Down” as a “powerhouse performance” in a film set in a post-apocalyptic America in which a former marine searches for his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor. With a starry cast that includes Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney, she said the recently released trailer has had more than 5 million hits.
Further highlights to come included wilderness survival drama “6 Below” with Josh Hartnett and Mira Sorvino and another genetic mutation sci-fi epic in “The Titan” starring with “Avatar” star Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson and Agyness Deyn.
From Precision Pictures, National Account Manager James James highlighted releases such as Robert Englund horror “Midnight Man”, which will hit the festival circuit next year, thriller “Extortion” with Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) and Danny Glover, and its own production “King Arthur: Excalibur Rising”, which is set for March 2017.
“Precision are experts in releasing in the fantasy genre; ‘Viking Legacy’ itself, alongside our second release ‘Dragon Warriors’, has gone on to achieve 35,000 units to date in the marketplace,” noted Javes.
“The mediaeval fantasy genre remains very popular within the market and next year will see a huge theatrical release [“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”] set to hit our screens and with our epic battle scenes and strong visual content throughout we are hoping to capitalise on this fantastic opportunity.”
Precision also has a modern-day western on its slate to take advantage of a resurgence in the genre led by the likes of “The Hateful Eight”, “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bone Tomahawk”, and with Idris Elba-starrer “The Dark Tower” to come.
“Outlaws and Angels” stars Luke Wilson, Chad Michael Murray and Clint’s daughter Francesca Eastwood. It was well-received at Sundance by critics, according to Javes.
Source: www.cueentertainment.com – Sam Andrew