Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Supreme Ruler" set to begin shooting in Chicago

Ten years after making it to the finals of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's "Project Greenlight," Chicago filmmaker Duane Edwards has lined up his first feature film project, slated to begin shooting locally this fall.

The script, by Frederick Mensch, is a dark comedy called "Supreme Ruler" and stars Ron Livingston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Vincent D'Onofrio ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") as two men battling to win the top leadership position in their local social club.
"It's based on the Elks, but we call them the Buffalos," said Edwards. "Ron's character is just so immersed in becoming the Supreme Ruler of his local lodge...he's blinded by this obsession, and it's at the cost of his family and his job. D'Onofrio plays a past Supreme Ruler who doesn't care for this guy's enthusiasm, so he runs against him."

The setting is Decatur, plus a trip to Chicago for a large Buffalo convention. (Hat tip to my editor who remembered that "The Flintstones" also featured a lodge called the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo.) Edwards described the comedic tone as somewhere between "Election" and "Fargo."
"When it comes to an independent movie, it's like rolling a rock up a mountain," he said. The cast also includes Marcia Gay Harden, Anthony Anderson, Billy Zane and Natalie Zea.

Despite the caliber of the actors involved (as well as producer Stephen L'Heureux, whose "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" opens in theaters this summer) the film is resolutely small.

"You would think with Ron Livingston in my cast it would be so easy to raise the money," Edwards said, "but investors want to know if you have George Clooney in your movie because everything's about international sales. If it doesn't resonate in international sales, investors don't think they'll recoup their money." (Uh, so apparently "Office Space" isn't a cult hit outside the U.S.???)

There is at least one potential complication at the moment. D'Onofrio was just cast in "Daredevil," Marvel's new series for Netflix, which is expected to debut next year. So far D'Onofrio is still on board for "Supreme Ruler," Edwards said. But if the "Daredevil" schedule takes over, there's not much that can be done.
"We're not a major $10 million film where we can block everyone's time," said Edwards . "I'm more like, 'Hey, are we good?'" — and crosses his fingers.

This is the reality of indie filmmaking. You roll with the punches. Shooting is planned to begin in October.

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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

I would rather see Vincent do "Supreme Ruler." I'm not much for comic strip characters, plus the "Supreme Ruler" sounds so good with comedic touches, which we see too little of Vincent doing. Would hate to have him dump this role.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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