Production Wraps on Danny DeVito’s Untitled Apocalyptic Thriller, Starring William Fichtner

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It was announced today that production has wrapped on an apocalyptic thriller directed by Danny DeVito.  The currently untitled project stars William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down), Lance Reddick (Fringe), and Constance Zimmerman (Entourage) as three strangers who must band together in an apocalyptic environment.  The logline is as follows:

The film revolves around a wounded cop, a wounded murderer and a sultry nurse. The three are thrust together, as war rages outside the only possible safe house, an abandoned City Hospital. With no doctors and only a few poor decrepit souls as witnesses, it becomes a rats’ maze as the antagonistic trio get separated, and we find out the real reason they are there.

Rights to the pic will be shopped at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.  Directing-wise, DeVito has been behind the camera on such varied fare as Matilda, Death to Smoochy, and Throw Momma from the Train.  Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding his latest effort.

danny-devito-imageHere’s the press release:

DANNY DEVITO-DIRECTED THRILLER, STARRING WILLIAM FICHTNER, LANCE REDDICK AND CONSTANCE ZIMMER IN POST PRODUCTION

THE JERSEY FILMS/SHANGRI-LA ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCED FILM TO BE PRESENTED AT CANNES BY THE LOCOMOTIVE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Los Angeles, May 11, 2012: Shangri-La Entertainment announced today that Danny DeVito has wrapped shooting on his apocalyptic thriller and is now in post-production. Directed by DeVito, the currently untitled project stars William Fichtner (THE DARK KNIGHT, BLACK HAWK DOWN and THE PERFECT STORM) soon to be seen in THE LONE RANGER, playing the nemesis to Johnny Depp’s Tonto; Lance Reddick, the imposing Lieutenant Daniels on hit series THE WIRE and currently starring in JJ Abrams’ popular THE FRINGE; and Constance Zimmer, the offbeat sex symbol Dana Gordon on award-winning HBO series ENTOURAGE.

Confirming the announcement, DeVito commented: “I was truly excited about getting behind the camera on this one. It is my first foray into the thriller genre and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of making an 89 minute edge-of-your-seater…”

Locomotive’s Colleen Seldin will commence sales of the Jersey Films and Shangri-La Entertainment-produced project at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The film revolves around a wounded cop, a wounded murderer and a sultry nurse. The three are thrust together, as war rages outside the only possible safe house, an abandoned City Hospital. With no doctors and only a few poor decrepit souls as witnesses, it becomes a rats’ maze as the antagonistic trio get separated, and we find out the real reason they are there.

On acquiring the film for international sales, Seldin commented “Danny is an extremely talented and experienced filmmaker with a unique gift for connecting with the audience, whether in front of, or behind the camera. I am excited and honoured to be bringing this new film to international buyers.”

Danny DeVito, who will make his West End stage debut in The Sunshine Boys, won both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® award for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the US hit comedy TAXI, a role he played for five years. As a director, DeVito’s credits include MATILDA, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN and HOFFA. His extensive acting credits include Martini in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, a role he also played on stage, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, ROMANCING THE STONE, THE JEWEL OF THE NILE, JUNIOR, TWINS and RUTHLESS PEOPLE. He appeared as the Penguin opposite Michael Keaton’s Batman in Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS and recently voiced the title character in Universal Pictures’ animated feature THE LORAX, based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss.  This autumn, DeVito returns as Frank Reynolds in the eighth season of the acclaimed American cult comedy, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA.




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  • dogg

    Fichtner is pretty damn good in everything he’s in. His small part in Dark Knight with almost no dialog was very memorable, and he made that Invasion TV show way better than it had any right to be.

  • ggod

    Matilda, Death to Smoochy and Throw Momma From the Train are 3 of my favorite Danny DeVito movies, and William Fichtner is great in almost everything he’s in so this movie should be great. A lot of dark humour is what I’m hoping for.

  • Jamesy

    Constance Zimmer* not Zimmerman.

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