Introvision, the visual/special-effects company that created the train wreck in “The Fugitive,” has announced plans to produce its own slate of films, all of which will be shot entirely using the innovative Introvision process.
First up will be “The Prince of Light,” a science-fiction fantasy film that is expected to roll in June at the company’s Hollywood-based studios. The film will be executive produced by Tom Naud and his son, Andy Naud. Written by Andreas Hofer, the film will be directed by Tolun Hsu (“Witchcraft 5”) and produced by Elliot Schick.
While the company has been in the visual-effects business since 1980, Introvision’s Tom Naud said it has always been the plan to produce entire films.
“We’ve been planning to do this since the inception of this company,” Naud said. “Introvision was put into development to act as the foundation of a motion picture studio. We can take this technology and apply it to the production of a movie.”
“The Prince of Light” is being budgeted at a modest $ 10 million, but according to Naud, it will look more pricey due to the fact that the film will be shot in Introvision — a technology that places actors inside a scene that is inside the Introvision cameras, much like what was done with Harrison Ford in the train wreck sequence in “The Fugitive.”
“Out of every $ 10 spent on production in the areas in which we would work, we can do the same thing for a little bit under $ 3,” Naud said. “And we can make it better than what you could buy for $ 10 because we have no limitations. Also, because the technology will dominate every sequence in the film, it will keep the production budget down.”
Director Hsu is a 27-year-old graduate of UCLA whose only other film is “Witchcraft 5.” Hsu used to work for Introvision and Naud said that was a strong reason for turning the directing reins over to him.
“He worked three years for us and he clearly understands the use of our technology,” Naud said. “It’s important to us that we have that for our first film.”
In addition to “The Prince of Light,” the company is also developing several other projects, including “Hammerstrike,” a large-scale action-adventure film about terrorists taking over a Russian military base. According to Naud, the film — budgeted at about $ 35 million — will be co-financed and distributed by a major distributor, to be determined within the next few weeks.
The third Introvision film is “Moonstalker,” which is currently being rewritten. It’s an actioner that takes place on another planet. “It has the feel of a Sergio Leone Western in deep space,” Naud said.
Others in development at Introvision include “The Defender,” written by Joe Garza;”His Majesty,” a children’s story; “Treasure Island: The Future,” and “The Incredible Micro Men,” written by Allen Garfeine.
Naud also announced that Harry Archinal, former prez of Buena Vista Intl., will head sales for the company’s film slate.
The Introvision process was first used in 1980 in the Sean Connery-starrer “Outland.” Since then, it has been used in numerous films, including “Stand By Me,””Darkman,””Under Siege” and “Fearless.”
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