Monday, May 14, 2012

Production Begins on THE TOMB

NEW ORLEANS, LA MAY 10 – Production is underway on Summit Entertainment’sThe Tomb.  Directed by Mikael Håfström, the action-thriller is an Emmett-Furla Films/Mark Canton production.  The producers are Atmosphere Entertainment’s chairman Mark Canton, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Robbie Brenner and Kevin King-Templeton. Co-financed by Emmett-Furla Films and Summit Entertainment,The Tomb is being filmed on location in the New Orleans area.  Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company, holds worldwide distribution rights and will release the motion picture in North America.
Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, The Tomb follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer,a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.
Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books.  The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin’s right-hand man and high-technology expert.  Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper…but it’s a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin’s business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide.  Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin’s closest confidants at B&C Security.  Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin’s plight.
Håfström’s previous writing/directing credits in his native Sweden include: the gripping coming of age drama Evil, which was nominated for an Academy Award®in 2004 for Best Foreign Language film; the thriller Drowning Ghost; and the drama Days Like This, which won Sweden’s Guldbagge Award for Best Screenplay.  His films have been invited to festivals around the world and, at home, Håfström has received multiple Guldbagge nominations, with Evil winning the Award for Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
The behind-the scenes filmmaking team of The Tombincludes director of photography Brendan Galvin (ImmortalsBehind Enemy LinesFlight of the Phoenix), production designer Barry Chusid (Source Code2012Aliens in the Attic,The Day After Tomorrow) and costume designer Lizz Wolf (The Expendables andThe Expendables 2RamboDreamgirlsSuspect ZeroPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black PearlArmageddonTraffic).
Special effects are supervised by Michael Lantieri (Alice in WonderlandIndiana Jones and The Last CrusadeThe Hulk, Minority Report, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) and visual effects are supervised by Chris Wells (300The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Live Free or Die Hard).  Elliot Greenberg (Chronicle) is editing. The sound mixer is Richard Schexnayder (RedThe ExpendablesJonah Hex) and stunts are coordinated by Noon Orsatti (The Expendables 2American History XConan The Barbarian).
The executive producers of The Tomb are Nicolas Stern, Bill Chase, Stefan Partirosyan.
Schwarzenegger and Stallone will next be seen on screen together in The Expendables 2, which is currently in post-production and will be released this summer by Lionsgate. Schwarzenegger recently wrapped filming The Last Stand, also for Lionsgate, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and directed by Jee-woon Kim.

What does this mean?


Principal photography is the phase of film production in which the movie is filmed, with actors on set and cameras rolling, as distinct from pre-production and post-production. 

Principal photography is usually the most expensive phase of film production, generally due to actor, director, and set crew salaries, the costs of certain shots, including any props or on-set special effects. Its start generally marks a point of no return for the financiers, because until it is complete there is unlikely to be enough material filmed to release a final product needed to recoup costs. While it is common for a film to lose its greenlight status during pre-production (for example, because an important cast member drops out), it is extremely uncommon for finance to be withdrawn once principal photography has commenced, and it is usually regarded as a catastrophe. 

Once a film concludes principal photography, it is said to have wrapped, and a wrap party may be organized to celebrate. During post-production, it may become clear that certain shots or sequences are missing or incomplete and are required to complete the film, or that a certain scene is not playing as expected, or even that a particular actor has failed to turn in a performance of the required caliber. In these circumstances, additional material may have to be shot. If the material has already been shot once, or is substantial, the process is referred to as a re-shoot, but if the material is new and relatively minor, it is often referred to as a pick-up.


TJara said...

Keeping fingers crossed we will actually see this.

Karen said...

oh it will be one we will see

Sandy said...

Gosh, Stallone and Arnold are getting pretty washed up looking!! Good thing Vincent is in it so there is someone good to look at!!Can anyone tell me if Arnold and Maria's divorce is still on??

marian kaplan said...


The whole family was together on M/Day

Good Question.tho

Ruby said...

Very interesting facts, Nantz! My guess is there may be numerous re-shoots, trying to get the other actors to turn in performances as good as Vincent! (Not going to happen! ;)

Nantz said...

You're welcome, Ruby, I was confused because Elizabeth had mentioned that Vincent may or may not show up to the film festival if he had a break from filming this movie. I looked it up because I wanted to find out myself what this 'principle photography' was. We needed someone like Debra to explain things, LOL.