The latest on Nothing Sacred from Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme
28th May 07
Ever since we received a screener copy of their debut Nightmare (read our review here) we've been keeping our eyes on the talented pair of Dylan Bank (director) and Morgan Pehme (producer / co-director). Well, news has just reached us that their second film, Nothing Sacred has just finished shooting, with the late addition of cult actor William Sadler.
Read below for a press release with more details about their forthcoming sophomore effort;
Nothing Sacred has finally caught its villain. Though the majority of the fantasy / horror movie was shot late last year, the film's co-directors Dylan Bank and Morgan Pehme insisted on waiting to wrap Nothing Sacred until they could cast the actor they envisioned as their
heavy when they wrote the part: William Sadler.
"For us, it was Bill or nobody," explained Pehme from the film's editing suite in New York City. "Dylan and I maintained from the beginning that Nothing Sacred wouldn't work without a villain terrifying enough to justify the build-up to his big reveal."
Sadler, who plays the ruthless sorcerer 'Chambers' in the film, is no stranger to incarnating evil on screen. The actor, best known for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, played Bruce Willis' nefarious nemesis in Die Hard 2 and will soon be seen in indie cult hit Jimmy and Judy.
Although Sadler had enthusiastically committed to Nothing Sacred months before filming, his busy acting schedule kept him from doing the part.
Only a week before the shoot, he wrapped The Mist with Thomas Jane, a movie that reunited him with the creative team behind Shawshank,
Stephen King and director Frank Darabont. Rather than cast another actor, Bank and Pehme decided to make the unorthodox decision to wait until Sadler was ready to finish the film.
In the interim, they edited the picture with the exception of the scenes that involved Sadler. "It turned out great for us from a creative standpoint," said Bank. "It's a rarity for filmmakers to see how their movie fits together before shooting some of its most crucial moments. Ultimately, it allowed us to do even more than we had planned."
Although Nothing Sacred has just finished filming, the head start Bank and Pehme got editing means that the movie is almost complete. The
film's producer Katia Olivier anticipates that the movie will be ready by summer. A number of prestigious film festivals are already courting
the picture to present its gala world premiere.
A Belgian-American co-production between Merlion Entertainment and Uncut Films, Nothing Sacred tells the story of a pair of twins prophesied to avenge their mother's death at the hand of their father, Chambers.
The twins, portrayed by up-and-comers Alan Barnes Netherton and Naama Kates, are accompanied by an internationally renowned nensemble cast, including French box office superstar Thierry Lhermitte (The Dinner Game), Philippe Nahon, the star of horror hit Switchblade Romance, and cult movie queen Debbie Rochon (Terror Firmer).