14 May 2009
EXCLUSIVE MEDIA GROUP CONFIRMS FILMING ON 'THE RESIDENT' TO START DURING CANNES
HAMMER ICON CHRISTOPHER LEE JOINS HILARY SWANK AND JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN IN NEW HAMMER THRILLER
London, May 7 2009: Exclusive Media Group today announced that THE RESIDENT
has commenced pre-production and will begin 7 weeks of principal photography on May 22nd, with sets currently under construction in New Mexico.
Exclusive Media Group is fully financing the project, which is to be the feature film directorial debut of Antti J. Jokinen. It will be released under the banner of the legendary British film studio, Hammer Films. Exclusive Film Distribution will be handling international sales at Cannes.
Two-time Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner Hilary Swank (BOYS DON’T CRY, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, (WATCHMEN) will lead a stellar cast that is to include British acting legend Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, STAR WARS and previous other HAMMER productions).
Academy award winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, HELL BOY 2) and Academy award winning costume designer Anne Roth (THE READER, MAMMA MIA!) have joined the crew alongside production designer Dennis Washington (THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER, THE FUGITIVE).
Peter Naish, Exclusive’s Head of Sales commented, “It has been exciting to see this project evolve into such a high profile commercial thriller which is now ready to leap off the page. The new script is scary and smart; the cast is fantastic; and Antti is assembling a great crew. I am looking forward to selling out in Cannes.”
The story was inspired by the chilling statistic that every year, several million single women in America move into an apartment for the first time. They don’t know who lived in the apartment before them, they don’t know their landlords and they don’t bother to change the locks. This is the story of one such woman….
After separating from her husband, the beautiful and young Dr. Juliet Dermer (Hilary Swank) moves to Brooklyn, NY and settles into a new life in a stunning and spacious loft apartment that seems too good to be true. It is…
THE RESIDENT is director Antti J. Jokinen’s feature film debut.
He is currently one of the hottest directors on the American music video landscape, creating a stunning body of work that meshes clean, gorgeous imagery with sly and innovative visuals. Global superstars such as Will Smith, Beyoncé, Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Missy Elliott have chosen his unique visual flair as their calling card.
Producing the film for Hammer are Simon Oakes, Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. Cary Brokaw will also produce. Hammer's Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner will Executive Produce along with Tom Lassally of 3 Arts Entertainment. Hilary Swank will also serve as an Executive Producer.
About Exclusive Film Distribution
Exclusive Film Distribution is based in London and made its market debut at AFM in 2008. Exclusive handles worldwide sales and distribution for both Spitfire Pictures and Hammer Films, both of which fall under the Exclusive Media Group banner. In addition, Exclusive actively sources third party productions for sales and distribution.
Veteran sales executive Peter Naish is Head of Sales, reporting to Chairman Guy East and Managing Director Andy Mayson.