2 July, 2009
Snoot Entertainment, the four year-old LA-based production company behind Toronto Film Festival premiere Terra, has cast Josh Hartnett in martial arts action film Bunraku.
The live action film is written and will be directed by Guy Moshe and is the story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself sucked into a bigger fight than he bargained for.
Production got underway on April 17 in Bucharest, Romania, on the Snoot Entertainment feature. The $25m action-adventure film starring Demi Moore and Josh Hartnett shot at Media Pro Studios in Romania for 12 weeks in summer 2008. The cast includes Japanese stars Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata as well as Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd and Jordi Molla.
The world of the film will be a self-contained one inspired by Japanese puppet theatre, origami, comic books, video games and German expressionism.
The film is produced by director Guy Moshe’s Los Angeles-based Picturesque Films, Los Angeles-based Ram Bergman Productions and is fully financed by Keith Calder and JP Duprey’s Los Angeles-based Snoot Entertainment.
QA for Ram Bergman, producer, Bunraku............
Why did you choose to shoot in Romania?
We needed a lot of stages available because the whole movie is green-screen and we had to build 30-something sets. We needed to take control of a space for five months.
Did you use local crews or bring in crew?
We brought in heads of departments but the rest of the crew was Romanian.
But at the time the dollar was so weak that flying in and paying crew then from the US was as cheap as hiring people from elsewhere in Europe.
Which local person or company was indispensable?
Media Pro Studios. It had the most stages available and it made us a deal that was fair and within our budget.
IM Global will commence worldwide pre-sales in Cannes on the martial arts action film Bunraku.
New reports have indicated that the film has been pushed back for a 2010 release!