CAST: Arnold Schwarzenegger, OLIVIA WILLIAMS, MIREILLE ENOS, SAM WORTHINGTON, HAROLD PERRINEAU, TERRENCE HOWARD, JOE MANGANIELLO, MAX MARTINI, JOSH HOLLOWAY
Director: DAVID AYER
Filmmaker David Ayer, acclaimed for his gritty and realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in ‘End Of Watch’, reinvents screen legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he directs ‘Sabotage’, an action thriller that follows one of the best assault teams on the planet, an elite special operations team of ten DEA agents.
The elite team executes what appears to be a tactical raid on a cartel safe house, which in fact, turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by the members of the DEA squad itself. After hiding $10 million in stolen cash, the rouge agents believe their secret is safe – that is until someone begins methodically assassinating members of the team, one-by-one. As the body count rises, everyone is suspect, including members of the team itself.
“Reality is the watchword of this project,” says Ayer. No stranger to action-thrillers, the lauded director’s last film, the hyper-realistic and gritty police drama ‘End of Watch’ garnered critical and audience acclaim. His writing credits include 2001 hit film ‘Training Day’, which earned an Academy Award for Denzel Washington, as well as scripts for ‘The Fast And The Furious’, ‘S.W.A.T.’ and ‘U-571’. He also wrote and directed ‘Street Kings’ and ‘Harsh Times’.
While Ayer’s ‘End of Watch’ was a very specific type of film conceived as couple of police officers filming with a video camera throughout their watch, the director says, “With ‘Sabotage’, I’m sort of splitting the difference between the crazy reality of ‘End of Watch’ and a traditional Hollywood movie.”
Ayer elaborates, “When it’s time to be energetic and to put the camera in unusual places and operate in unusual ways and have that energy, I do that, but there’s also room to see the world and to breathe and to settle and, and to experience it, I think. And so it’s a combination of traditional photography and first person, experiential sort of photography, ‘End of Watch’ style. You know, the difference in this is that the characters aren’t filming themselves.”
“Everything that we do is authentic. The accuracy is incredible,” Schwarzenegger shares. “That’s David’s signature style. When someone in the law enforcement community sees this, they are going to say that all of my moves as Breacher are absolutely realistic.”
Ayer says he was intrigued by the idea of Schwarzenegger playing a complex role, “a character unlike any he’s ever done before with incredible layers and nuance, which is outside of what people normally expect from him. It’s this very interesting mystery/thriller/action hybrid, which you don’t normally see very often. It’s a bit like ‘Silence of the Lambs’ meets ‘Hurt Locker’.”
FILM: ONE CHANCE
CAST: James Corden, Alexandra Broach, Julie Walters
DIRECTOR: David Frankel
From the director of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ comes ‘One Chance’, the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and the hearts of millions. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, BAFTA winner James Corden (‘The History Boys’) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘Calendar Girls’, ‘Billy Elliot’) and Mackenzie Crook (‘The Pirates Of The Caribbean’, ‘The Office’).
Simon Cowell still has vivid memories of Potts’ first appearance on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in June of 2009. “Paul Potts was for me the point when I knew the show was going to work,” says Cowell.
“We were in Wales that day and we were having an OK day and this guy walks on and he didn’t look great. He looked nervous and he had this funny suit on, and I’m looking over at Piers (Morgan) and Amanda (Holden) thinking ‘Oh god this guy is going to sing.’ I remember he started singing ‘Nessun Dorma’ and I’m looking around, and when you’ve got an audience behind you, you feel something when it’s special, and literally the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I thought ‘This is magic! This guy has just blown the place apart’ and I remember thinking that if this comes over as well on TV as it just has in the room then this show is going to be fantastic.”
It was Mike Menchel who first considered the idea of bringing Potts’ story to the big screen. A former talent agent at CAA who had branched off into producing, Menchel heard about Potts on a morning news show in Los Angeles and, like so many others, had then perused the YouTube clip of his stirring performance (110 million views and counting.) He found Potts’ tale instantly inspiring and uplifting. “I just thought it was a potentially fabulous story, a story of great inspiration and aspiration about a guy who, against all odds, refuses to stop pursuing his dreams no matter who or what brings him down,” says Menchel. “I said to myself, ‘This is ‘Rocky’ – this is a story about never giving up, about believing in yourself when nobody else does.’”