Freedom Films announced today that VFX production has started for 3-D action-thriller Thunder Run and that principal photography kicks off this summer. The Simon West-directed film will star Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey. Here’s the announcement:
Freedom Films CEO, Brian Presley is proud to announce the closing of a substantial domestic P&A financing arrangement days prior to Cannes for the CG 3-D action thriller Thunder Run. The film will be co-financed by Presleys Freedom Films and CEO Fred Malmburgs company, Paradox Entertainment with Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey starring. Ashok Amritrajs Hyde Park International is handling sales at Cannes during the upcoming Marche du Film.
VFX production has already begun on the CG 3-D film with principal photography set to begin this Summer. Presley is producing alongside Jib Polhemus of The Graphic Film Company, with Simon West directing. Thunder Run, is an all CG 3-D action thriller based on the non-fiction book Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, by Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino. Adapting the story for the screen are Academy Award-winner Robert Port and Ken Nolan, screenwriter of Black Hawk Down.
Thunder Run is the untold story of the dangerous and bloody capture of Baghdad by American Forces at the onset of the Iraq War. In April 2003, three battalions and fewer than a thousand men launched a violent thrust of tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into the heart of a city of five million, igniting a three-day blitzkrieg, which military professionals often refer to as a lightning strike, or thunder run. In telling the story of the surprise assault on Baghdad–one of the most decisive battles in recent American combat history–this movie paints the harrowing picture of the soldiers on the front lines and the realities of modern warfare.
Freedom Films is represented by Jay Cohen of the Gersh Agency.