Breaking Movie News: RI Filmmaker Verdi attaches Oscar nominee Eric Roberts to his next feature film, A Bet's A Bet
Filming begins in early June.
It's a wrap for Verdi's film, Army Of The Damned
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EAST GREENWICH, RI - May 16, 2013 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Verdi Productions and The Woodhaven Production Company announce that RI filmmaker Chad A. Verdi has added Oscar nominee Eric Roberts to the cast of A Bet's A Bet. Roberts will join Jonathan Silverman and three time Emmy winner Jennifer Finnigan, both will act in and co-direct the feature film. More star studded cast members will be announced soon with filming to commence in Rhode Island in early June.
A Bet's A Bet, written by Mark Mussina and Steven Sessions, tells the story of Vince, New England's most successful divorce attorney. To Vince, life is one big competition, and losing is unacceptable. This also applies in his dating life with his love 'em and leave 'em approach. Then Vince meets Jane, who is beautiful, successful and also extremely driven. Together they enter into a series of entertaining wagers with each other where the winner gets to decide the fate of the loser. After all, "A Bet's a Bet!"
As previously announced, Producers Chad A.Verdi and Gino Pereira will produce four films in the state of RI and employ hundreds of people over the next 18 months: "This film will mark the second film of four on one of the most aggressive production schedules ever attempted by a production company. It's not often that a film has co-directors, but after numerous face to face meetings and months of discussions, Mr. Pereira and I both felt this was best for the project. Jonathan and Jennifer bring years of experience in film and so much passion to this project. Jonathan has acted in two of my prior films, while coming on board as an executive producer in my latest film, Self Storage. He also just directed National Lampoon's most resent comedy, Another Dirty Movie that is due out this August. Jennifer is currently starring in David E Kelley's new TNT drama, Monday Mornings. Both Silverman and Finnigan are dear friends and have supporting roles in the film and it's going to be great working with them."
"We are in a great position because we are making films knowing that they're already sold and have distribution," Verdi stated. "Of the four films, two will be horror, one a comedy and the final will be my passion project Bleed For This: the inspirational true story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Paz. After a near fatal car crash left Vinny not knowing if he'd ever walk again, never mind box, he went on to make one of the most incredible comebacks in sports history. To secure success and to meet our timetable, we will be using four different directors and over 100 actors on these four films."
Verdi stated, "I got involved in the film business in 2009 with one purpose: to have the story of Vinny Paz told. Over the past four years, I have produced 5 feature films with another two slated for this year. Recently, Ben Younger came on board to write and direct. Bleed For This is Ben's vision and he now has the support of Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, who are producing. I was introduced to Martin and Emma through Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has been instrumental in helping me develop these projects.
I am very happy and excited to have Ben, Marty and Emma involved. The film will be shot in the state of RI with principal photography beginning in 2014."
Army of the Damned has wrapped with Verdi stating "this is my best film to date." Verdi added "writer/director Tom DeNucci and DP Sam Eilertsen did one hell of a job with this film. We are all very proud of them and all the people who worked on this film."
Army of the Damned tells the story of a hit reality TV crew following a group of local cops in a sleepy town. Things go horribly wrong for the cops, played by Tony Todd ("The Candyman", "Platoon", "The Rock"), Sully Erna ("Godsmack" lead singer and front man), Tommy Dreamer (Pro wrestling legend), David Chokachi ("Baywatch", "Witchblade", "Beyond the Break"), Thea Trinidad (TNA wrestling diva, "Self Storage", "Five Senses of Fear"), Maria Kanellis (WWE wresting diva) and Tom Paolino ("Inkubus", "Loosies", "Infected"), and the camera crew, played by Joey Fatone ("NSYNC", "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", "Inkubus") and Jackie Moore ("100 Ghost Street, The Returnof Richard Speck", "Homeland", "30 Rock") when they respond to a call that brings a whole new meaning to the term "domestic disturbance." Faced with life and death situations, these officers are forced to throw the rule book out in order to stay alive. With the help of a reclusive hermit played by Michael Berryman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", "The Devil's Rejects", "Lords of Salem") and a petty criminal played by Nick Principe ("Laid to Rest"," Laid to Rest 2", "Madison County"), the lawmen do all they can to serve, protect and avoid joining the ARMY of the DAMNED.
Verdi and Pereira have added, Mark Mussina, Michael Mussina, Pete Goldfinger, David Gere, Seth Rosenblit, Adam Alexander, Larry Allison Jr., Daniel Klingerman and Tom DeNucci as executive producers with Michelle Verdi as the music supervisor.
Verdi's latest two films, Infected and Self Storage are being released through Screen Media and will each reach over 100 million homes through Universal's VOD platform starting this month with Infected.
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