Archive for October 20th, 2006
In what is likely to shape into a battle between the studios and the unions, NBC Universal (which owns the SCI FI Channel) is at odds with Battlestar Galactica producer Ron Moore over the compensation (or lack thereof) for the “webisodes” that have been produced for the web site. Moore believes residuals and/or compensation should be provided; the studio disagrees, saying they are “promotional material”. Moore has stopped producing the webisodes and refused to hand over the 10 already completed, but NBC seized them and filed unfair labor charges against the Writer’s Guild of America, which advised Moore to stop.
Natalia writes “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
“RECON 2020” unleashed in the United States!
Montreal, Canada – October 20, 2006
Movie Seals Productions is proud to announce that Maverick Entertainment Group has acquired the United States distribution rights to its sci-fi / action movie “Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre” by director Christian Viel (“Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain”, “Deaden”). Since its premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival, this epic movie started on a winning path that includes a Best Sci-Fi / Action movie award at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival in 2005 and a Best Sci-Fi movie award at the Wreck – Beach International Film festival in August 2006.
The film follows a group of soldiers on a recon mission on a desolate planet in a remote system:
In the year 2020, the Earth has become a barren rock from radioactive devastation. Protected by the Galactic Marine Infantry, (GMI), the remaining human race, struggling for survival on a distant star, is terrorized by the evil Ma’har alien race. While on a reconnaissance mission in the Caprini system, Sergeant Sharp and his GMI soldiers discover the Ma’hars hidden laboratory where they’ve been creating a horrific breed of terrorists. The aliens’ new bio-weapons are reproductions of mankind’s mythical creatures – zombies, werewolves, vampires!
The street date for the USA release of ‘Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre’? is December 5 , 2006.
The film is part of the Maverick Platinum collection.
A sequel, “Recon 2022: The Mezzo Incident” is currently in post-production.
20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, which had originally ponied up the cash to turn Microsoft’s Halo game franchise into a big budget movie with executive producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, have reportedly backed out, leaving the film in doubt. Clashes on compensation to the game developers and the producers were reportedly at issue, along with a skyrocketing budget. They are currently looking for another studio and financing.