In a day and age where most non-corporate sites can’t even finance their next lunch the boys at JoBlo are taking the difficult world of the movie business by the balls and financing their own action film.
John Fallon (The Arrow in the Head dude to most of you) has long been doing low budget action flicks of varying size and result for quite some time but this is the first time that the site has fully backed the project and taken matters into their own hands. It’s the only way to ensure you make your movie your way and since I have some experience with this (the still unfilmed 11 Colonels Attack!, which is in early Kickstarter mode) it’s impossible not to be proud and jazzed to see folks who have a track record of forward momentum pulling it off.
Here’s their press release:
JoBlo.com finances its first full-length feature film ‘Billy Trigger’
The action film will be directed by Christian Viel (Deaden) and stars Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn), John Fallon (Saw 2), Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica) and Pia Metni (Mirror, Mirror)
(Montreal, Canada) September 18, 2012 – Popular movie fansite JoBlo.com will be financing its first full feature called ‘Billy Trigger’ written by John Fallon and to be directed by Christian Viel. Principal photography on the film will begin in mid-October, with JCB Productions and Movie Seals Productions, which is a return to the genre for Viel and Fallon, who made Deaden together in 2006.
Iconic American actor Fred Williamson will play ‘Pops’ in the film, the leader of an Irish mob which employs Billy Trigger, the hitman played by John Fallon, who is also co-producing the film. Joining them are Matthew Bennett playing ‘Bruno’ the expert assassin, as well as Pia Metni who will portray ‘Catherine’, the lead actress and love interest in the film.
Official synopsis: Irish mobster Billy Trigger has been the O’Brien family’s number one enforcer for three years now. And for good reason: he is cold, calculating and relentless and has never tackled a job he couldn’t finish. His life is trouble-free and solitary and consists mainly of three things: loose women, doing the work and cashing in. That’s until Pops, the head of the organization, hands him his next assignment. Trigger is tasked to look over Pops’ young mistress, Catherine, while he’s away. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Trigger ends up on the wrong side of Pops’ esteem… What happens when the best in the business is pitted against the business? Place your bets!
This will be the 5th cinematic collaboration between Viel and Fallon, who had previously worked together on Deaden, Recon 2020, Recon 2022: The Mezzo Incident and Recon 2023: The Gauda Prime Conspiracy. Most recently, Viel is the creative mind behind the very popular online comic book web series “Heroes of the North”, while Fallon has written and starred in American Muscle, and starred in the French horror film Dead Shadows.
JoBlo.com was founded in 1998 by Berge Garabedian and is well-known as one of the top movie fansites around the world. Garabedian is “extremely excited to be a part of this creative team and I look forward to working with all these talented individuals on this very awesome production.” This will be the first time that JoBlo.com will finance a film in its entirety. It previously co-produced Deaden.
JCB Productions is handling licensing and distribution rights for the film, while Movie Seals Productions will produce the film, which is aiming to be released in the spring/summer of 2013.
JoBlo.com was founded in 1998 by Berge Garabedian, MBA. Today, he is the CEO of the JoBlo Movie Network which encapsulates JoBlo.com, MovieHotties, Arrow in the Head and Movie Fan Central. Mr. Garabedian’s book “The 50 Coolest Movies of All-Time” was published in 2002, and he co-produced Deaden in 2006. More information at www.joblo.com.
ABOUT MOVIE SEALS PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 2003, Movie Seals Productions Inc. is a multiple award-winning leader in the independent production scene, having produced over six feature films, over fifty shorts, countless music videos and two web series. More information at www.movieseals.com.
Movie Seals Productions JoBlo.com
Christian Viel Berge Garabedian
400, rue de L’Inspecteur, Suite 521 3360 Savard
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 4A8 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4K 2N3
(514) 315-6051 (514) 335-1682
Official film website: www.billytrigger.com
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/BillyTrigger
Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/billytrigger