Pulling in the Wrightsons on design work
At Comic-Con 2009, actor, and now director, Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist) hit the show floor to rep Raw Entertainment, a production outfit he kick-started with Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night”). One of the many projects he was touting was The Devil’s Commandos.
Cooked up by illustrator Tim Bradstreet, the script is by Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine 3D) and was, at a time, a directing vehicle for Jane once he completed Dark Country (coming to DVD October 6). Jane tells ShockTillYouDrop.com, however, that he’s only going to produce the film which tells of a World War II commando unit who do battle with Satan’s army.
“I’d much rather find a really great director,” he says. “I’ll be coming off of the second season of ‘Hung’ and my time off, I’m going to be so crammed with other projects I don’t feel I’ll have time to direct. I’ll produce and I’ll oversee it. But I’m going to find a director who can kick it in the pants.”
In the meantime, it’s all about preparation. And joining him in the development process is a familiar genre face. “We’ve just put Berni Wrightson on it. He did the character designs for ‘Bloody Face’ in Dark Country. And Berni’s son, I hired him and he’s turned into a fantastic sculptor. He’s doing a creature that’s going to be featured in ‘Commandos.’ I’m going to take that guy and do a test in 3-D using the Red Cameras this month. Hopefully we’ll get that film up and running.”
Wrightson also did creature designs on The Mist. More from Jane soon!
Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor