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Other Possible Upcoming Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers
The following film projects have been announced or rumored, but most are not yet in pre-production. For a few of the films listed below, however, significant pre-production work and even principle photography has already been done, but further work and completion of the film has been long delayed, and the completion and release of the film has not been scheduled.
Not Yet in Production or Pre-Production
The following films are to be written, directed or produced by a Latter-day Saint, and feature at least one major Latter-day Saint character (or scriptural character).
Films already solidly into pre-production are listed on the main page.
- CTU:Provo: A new production company, Telekinesis Entertainment, is working on their first feature-length comedy inspired by the television show, "24." In "CTU:Provo," a terriorist threat puts Provo in danger and members of the Counter-Terrorist Unit strive to thwart the attack. The film has multiple appearances from national and local celebrities; the most recognizable being Donny Osmond. The film also features Rick Macy, who played Helam, the father, in "The Testamaents," and Jimmy Chunga, a radio DJ for 101.9 The End. The 5 partners in Telekinesis are either attending BYU or are graduates from BYU. Alan Seawright is the director, co-writer, and co-producer. Ryan Croker is the creative director and co-writer. Stephen Aldridge is the director of photography. Charan Prabhakar is over public relations, Jason Komm is the head of the Art Department, and Paul Hunt is the director of editing and many technical aspects of the film. "I think the script is great. It's funny. The humor is appealing to everyone," Croker said. "We were able to make a movie that's funny without stooping to low, crude humor, but it's also not complicated high-brow humor." The premiere will be in December at BYU. Following the premiere, DVD's will be available for purchase.
- Clean Flicks Documentary: In production. This documentary deals with the rise and fall of Clean Flicks, the lawsuit from the Director's Guild of America led by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, and Steven Soderbergh, the LDS culture that spawned the industry, and the stores that are still operating. The film features frank discussions with local Clean Flicks owners like Daniel Thompson and Ray Lines as well as with Hollywood heavy-weights like Michael Apted and Steven Soderbergh. Directed by Joshua Ligairi and Andrew James. Co-Produced by William Rowan, Jr. and Xavier Gutierrez. Beachfire Pictures and Icarus Arts & Entertainment. As of June 9, 2008, Clean Flicks is in it's first stages of post-production. Editing, score, and animations have begun. The film will be submitted to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival this September.
- "Dear Jane...Dear John...": Formerly known as "Mormon Vacation." GET Entertainment, Inc. is finishing the casting of "Dear Jane...Dear John..." Tuesday, September 9, 2008, by 6 p.m., calling for electronic submissions. Direct all questions to JolieHales@gmail.com. Synopsis: With his long-lost love a thousand miles away, Jake finishes his 2-year LDS mission and sets off on a journey to reach his beloved Kyra before she falls in love with someone else. Enduring through utmost temptation and hardship, from being stranded in the desert to getting arrested, Jake and his friends Natalie and Doug press forward to Lake Powell, determined to find Kyra and her vacationing family before it's too late. Shooting is scheduled for the month of September. Executive Producer: Kelly Garrett; Producer: David Harrington; Director: Brent Loefke; Writer: Jolie Hales.
- Families Helping Families: Victory Angel Films of Tempe, Arizona, will start shooting a documentary entitled "Families Helping Families," about a group who goes to Honduras a couple of times a year to build homes just north of the Mosquito Coast. It will document two families' adventures as they explore the tropical coast, work hard, and best of all, find a part of themselves that a material world dulls. Production will start February 1, 2006. As of February 11, 2007, Brian Skiba announces that "This documentary is completed and would have been at the 2007 LDS Film Festival, had I known that short films meant short documentaries."
- Midway to Heaven: Lovely story with a soft LDS theme based on Dean Hughes book. Will shoot fall of 2009.
- Missionary: Impossible: Sally Meyer is rewriting the script. Hopefully going into production in April or early May 2007.
- Murder of the Mormon Prophet: Documentary in current production, based on the book by the same name. It deals with the events coming up to the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, only it is more specifically a treatment of the history and actions of those who killed the prophet. The material suggests that the events leading up to the martyrdom were not simply a random act of mob violence, but a calculated and premeditated murder. Produced by Nick Galieti. It will go straight to DVD.
- The Prophet: Richard Dutcher's $12 mil. epic historical biopic of Joseph Smith; significant planning and even some pre-production work was finished before funding reversals led to principle photography being postponed. As far as we know, Dutcher has solid plans to go forward with work on "The Prophet," but his focus is currently on the release of "States of Grace."
- Rat to the Rescue: directed by Dan Harville; is a mixutre of live stage action and animation. Sage Stallone, son of Sly, has agreed to do the voice of the bunny rabbit narrator which is being shot in Hollywood July 2005. As of February 11, 2007, Dan reports that he needs an animator to finish up this film. You can contact Harville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Savage Island: Temporary title of a feature film about Kels Goodman's father, Robert Goodman, who wrote a book called "Niue of Polynesia. Similar time line to "The Other Side of Heaven" (actually 2 years before. The story deals with Robert's mission experience being the first missionary on the island of Niue (pronounced New Way) off the coast of New Zeland. Daryn Tufts has been hired to write the script.
- Scout Camp: Tenderfoot Productions presents a Three Coin production staring Kirby Heyborne (The R.M., Saints and Soldiers) and Shawn Carter (High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, American Mall) Written and directed by Garrett Batty; Produced by Garrett Batty and Drew Gilliand; Associate Producer Robert Starling; Line Producer/UPM Drew Champion; Production Designer, Whitney Douglas; Director of Photography, Jeff Lambright. The filming will be in Salt Lake City and the Maple Dell Scout Camp near Payson, Utah. Principal photography will be August 11 to August 28, 2008. Direct all inquiries to Drew Champion at email@example.com
- Seven Sisters: Screenplay by Sister Carolyn Hart Bennett of Rexburg, Idaho. Synopsis: In 1863 the "Amazon" sails from London to New York with 800 emigrating Latter-day Saints on board. Among these are seven single young women who are traveling individually. The Priesthood leaders place them together as a family. Although they aren't related, as such, they are "sisters" in the gospel, and together, they face the adventures, hardships, and dangers of an ocean voyage. No plans are yet in place for production: this screenplay is available to those who may be interested in using it. Website: www.sevensistersthemovie.com; Read it on www.ldsfilm.com/scripts/; Contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
- They All Discovered America: TV documentary miniseries in development by veteran LDS film producer and writer Robert Starling; six 1-hour episodes about fascinating but little-known evidences of many voyages to America before Columbus by peoples from diverse lands and cultures between 3500 B.C and 1472 A.D. including at least one voyage by Jewish refugees to the Promised Land in 132 A.D. that is NOT mentioned in the Book of Mormon.; Bro. Starling is currently seeking funding for the project, which has been 30 years in the making. Click on this URL to see a 5 minute teaser about TADA on
Other Rumored/Announced Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers
The following film projects have been announced, but are not yet in production.
The following films are to be written, directed and/or produced by Latter-day Saints, or based on a book written by a Latter-day Saint. But these films do not feature Latter-day Saint characters.
Films already in production are listed on the main page.
- AAMPS Film projects: As of February 11, 2007, Kieth Merrill announces "All About Angels" and "Runaways" will be posted soon on (AAMPS) for member feedback.
- Blue Diamond: A new family film written by Tracy Garner is announced to go into production around the first of September 2006. It's not really LDS, but it's LDS friendly. It is described as a Romantic/Drama/Comedy, with an anticipated MPAA rating of PG-13. Synopsis: Distraught and searching after his wife's death by cancer, Alton Graham, is leaving his position as detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Her death after only thirteen months of marriage, leaves him stunned and uncertain. Alton's life takes a dramatic turn when he believes his wife's spirit has appeared to him and instructs him to go to Blue Diamond, Arizona. Upon his arrival, Alton finds himself in the midst of a small desert town filled with colorful, eccentric characters that disarm the ex-big-city detective. But there is a dark side hidden behind the chili cook-offs and ice cream socials--the influence of shadows that tortured Alton's past. Before Alton arrives, a tragedy has occurred--an accident has claimed the life of a four-year-old girl. But is it an accident, or is it homicide? The girl's powerful grandfather, Stan Vic, insists his ne'er-do-well son-in-law is the culprit. In the midst of the investigation, Alton sees himself in the young man, as he learns of his troubled childhood. In pursuit of the truth, Alton jeopardizes his new position as chief of police, as he battles the powers that be. This new found purpose brings clarity to his wife's call from the grave. As the drama unfolds, it becomes apparent that something wonderful is happening in Blue Diamond. What appears to be everyday random coincidence in the lives of these people, we come to understand is part of an intricate chain of events being manipulated by angelic spirits, foremost among them Arla Graham. Alton soon learns that heaven's hand had something else in mind for him, as Arla guides him to the fulfillment of his dream, a dream she will never physically share but will ever be a part of.
- Christmas Jars: Kieth Merrill wrote the original screenplay adapted from the novel "Christmas Jars" by Jason Wright. Merrill will direct this feature length film for Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios--the first production for the newly formed studio. LOG LINE: A young woman’s passion to be a great writer collides with her values as she struggles to unravel the mystery of the Christmas Jar and comes face to face with the most difficult decision of her life and an unexpected stranger from her past. Filming will begin in 2007.
- The Christmas Treasure: Script completed as of December 2008. Co-written by Loki Mulholland and Brad Mills. The story is about a young boy who travels back in time to save his family's fortune and Christmas. A classic kids' adventure Christmas story, a cross between "Home Alone," "Nanny McPhee," and "Back to the Future."
- Ender's Game: based on Orson Scott Card's s.f. classic; Warner Brothers; written by Orson Scott Card, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and D.B. Weiss; director: Wolfgang Petersen; Produced by David Benioff, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee; Six year old Ender Wiggin leaves his life and family on Earth when humanity comes under threat from an alien race. After journeying to the Belt, he enrolls at Battle School, and his life is strictly disciplined by mind games and computer mock-battles. As of 5-19-2006 OSC reports "I am writing a new page-one rewrite, nearly finished now. There's no time frame for Ender's Game - till a script is turned in, nothing can be planned." As of February 7, 2007, Card wrote in answer to the question of how "Ender's Game" was coming along--"Nothing I can talk about, alas. Just that I remain confident that the film will go into production in my lifetime. If I drive safely."
- Final Solution: Brian Skiba has inked a deal with Americana Films to direct their new political thriller, The Final Solution. Principal photography starts in December 2009, and will be filmed on location in Austin, Texas, Washington D.C., and California.
- Forever Remember: Singer-Songwriter and Filmmaker, Loki Mulholland (Director: Believe; worked with Graham Russell of Air Supply, Vincent Nguini of Paul Simon’s Graceland and Rhythm of Saints albums), has brought together a talented team of musicians, filmmakers and artists to create the very first music video ForeverRemember in honor of the families of fallen heroes. The production includes such notables as fellow musician Ryan Shupe, actress Britani Bateman (The R.M., Everything You Want) and K. Danor Gerald (High School Musical 2, Forever Strong)."I was working on a new song while watching another news story about another soldier who wouldn’t be coming home to their loved ones," says Loki. "I felt compelled to do something, to express my appreciation for their sacrifice." From there the idea snowballed. Loki began sharing his idea with local filmmakers and artists and asked if they’d be interested in participating in a charitable project to show the families of the fallen soldiers that everyone still remembered and appreciated their sacrifice. "Everyone I spoke to readily jumped on board and private donations were committed to make everything possible." Currently in production, the music video will soon be shot in a cemetery in Lehi, Utah and other Utah locations, and will include clips from families of Utah’s fallen soldiers. The website,www.ForeverRemember.org will also be part of this living memorial where people can post memories of their fallen loved ones. In addition, visitors to the site can listen to the heartwarming song, "Forever Young, Forever Strong" and watch the music video of this song. "Because of our desire to contribute to this living memorial, there is no cost to downloading the song or video for all types of public and personal functions," says Loki.
- 40 Rows: A Stickmen Pictureshow production directed by Michael Winget and produced by Winget and J. Brown. Composer, Dan Bradshaw (son of Merrill Bradshaw) and Jake Kongaika, known in the music world as Cubworld, will be providing some songs for the film.The feature film stars Douglas Shumway (Doug has been in some smaller films, and was also in the latest Old Testament films the Church has just finished shooting.) Story: 15 year-old Rhett Bowman, a resident of Juarez Colony in Mexico, is sent to Hawaii in the summer of 1977 to work in the pineapple fields for a teen rehabilitation program called Youth Development Enterprises. It's a coming of age story, based on actual events, to be filmed on location in Hawaii and Arizona between May 20-June 26, 2007. To be released early 2008.
- Last of The Cowboys: One of several feature films posted on Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios (AAMPS) at www.audiencealliance.com. Kieth Merrill is the driving force for (AAMPS) and will be the producer or executive producer of all the films produced by Audience Alliance.
- The Legend of Santa Claus: In heavy development, as of January 30, 2006, this theatrical release is a really great telling of the life of Santa through childhood. This film will be gritty and quite H.G. Wells in the telling (meaning they don’t rely on pixie dust to explain everything). The screenplay delves into folk tales and the real St. Nicholas. Lumenas Animation Studios, SLC, UT.
- Nicea: The Day They Invented God: Robert Starling is developing a screenplay about the politics and intrigues that surrounded the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, where the "definition" of the Trinity was formulated into the Nicene Creed that continues to shape Christianity's perception of what God is like down through the centuries until today.
- On My Honor: Robert Starling's Baden-Powell biopic: an effort to complete film started by Cecil B. DeMille about Lord Baden Powell, founder of the international Boy Scout movement; Starling is developing the project with Jerry Molen of White Light Entertainment. As of 2/18/2006, Starling reports they are trying to have the film finished in time for a world premiere in London in August of 2007 as part of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Scouting movement. As of 5/15/2007 Starling reports the completion of the intitial investment funding is "close."
- One Plus One: Feature film in development from ShineBox Media Productions, based on the graphic novel of the same name. Steven Greenstreet will be producing and Elias Pate and Bryan Young will be directing. ShineBox Media Productions
- Return of the Ripper: Return of the Ripper, a McKay Daines film, is in pre-production. The film is a throw back to the Abbott and Costello movie series following the adventures of two amateur ghost hunters from a small town radio station -- Woody and Killer. Brought to England by the Paranormal Society, they mistakenly conjure back Jack the Ripper. Part mystery, part comedy, part romance, the film was written by McKay Daines and Jimmy Chunga. McKay Daines will also produce and direct. Jimmy Chunga is an Executive Producer and will play Woody. The rest of the cast -- including Killer -- will be announced November 2008. Steve Lee is the Line Producer; Geno Salvatori the Director of Photography; and Joseph Pia is a Co-Producer. The film is being produced by Triomphe Communictions, Inc. and Gonzo Productions, LLC, and will be shot in Utah, Nevada, and in England. Return of the Ripper
- Root Beer Christmas: Halestorm is in pre-production on this family film. They are casting now in Utah and LA and expect to film in late November 2009. The story is about having hope. It is about a family that is down and out at Christmas time and a whole town comes together to change their lives.
- Sacagawea: Biopic about the famous Native American who accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Ocean, written by Kieth Merrill. Recently posted on Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios (AAMPS)(www.audiencealliance.com).
- Savage Island: Daryn Tufts is nearly finished with the script and investment is advancing, reports Kels Goodman as of 1/1/2008. The story is about Goodman's father's mission. He was the first missionary of any religion on Niue Island. "I am sure that I will hear 'all we need is another mission story,' but I feel that in honor of my father. I will pursue this project. It was a mission like no other. As a hint, have you ever served a mission where you had to carry a gun? Nuf said."
- Schune: Black Pond Entertainment of Utah is pleased to announce an open casting call for “Schune,” a science fiction thriller short film to be
produced locally beginning the last week of March. Black Pond is a fresh entertainment company focused on the short film format. “Schune” will become the company’s first project with many more to follow. Innocent stock boy Nate Williams takes a job at the local Schune Country
Market. He quickly finds himself stuck at the peak of a century old plot to terrorize the country.Sci-Fi thriller with comedic quirk. “Tremors” meets “Predator.” PG to PG-13 rated material for suspense and violence. No swearing, no nudity,
no drugs, no gore. Produced by: Kenneth Hill & Jared Buttars; Written and Directed by: Jared Buttars; Casting Director: Michelle Wright.Send *headshot*, *resume*, questions to *SchuneCast@buttars.com* Links to demo reels a major plus!!
- S.I.S.T.E.R: From the co-writers of the motion picture "Powerless," British LDS Filmmakers Matt Daniels and Seth Wilkins are in the early stages of developing this futuristic drama where the proliferation of electronic identification has brought identity theft to an all time high. The use of stolen personal data for organized crime has become rife. In a quest to stem the tide, western governments have come together to propose unified measures to combat what has become a threat to personal and national security, hence, S.I.S.T.E.R. was born--which is a unified system holding the genetic data of every registered individual. Scheduled for 2006.
- Strength and Honor Working title for this Vietnam War movie which went into production February 10, 2007. It was written and produced by John Lyde and directed and shot by Paul Green. It is based on the experiences of John's father and Paul's father in the Vietnam War. The rest of the movie will be filmed this summer when the weather changes.
- Una Vida Mejor (A Better Life): Written and directed by Andrew James who reports, as of 9/13/2007, "We've been shooting pick-ups and doing post-production in anticipation of the festival season." The film is an ensemble piece that deals with immigration and racism. Shot in Utah, California, and Mexico. About half the film is in Spanish with English subtitles, the other half is in English. A rough cut will be submitted to Slamdance and Sundance next week--after 9/12/2007. Look for a website soon, which will include a trailer and more.
- Victory Angel Films: Brian Skiba:Surprise Party and Turn the Tide Latest film projects from Brian Skiba and Victory Angel Films.
- Vote For Me: Formerly titled "Campaign Rally." A mockumentary on political campaigns by Jesse Ranney and Jeremiah Labrue reannounced on 3/10/2008.
- Willow Creek: Script completed by Loki Mulholland as of December 2008. Action/Western/Comedy. The story is about choosing the right and sticking to it.
- Y2K: Kels Goodman produced and directed this film back in 1999, starring Scott Christopher. It was just a small feature film comedy about people going crazy over the Y2K epidemic. Two brothers fight over a girl while being stuck in a bunker before "the big day." A summer relase on DVD in in the works. No distributor yet.
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