How do you film a horse chase through 200 cars in Piccadilly and Piccadilly circus?
“Stormbreaker” producer Peter Samuelson sez you have to get up before dawn — for starters.
He’s now in N.Y. for 24 hours talking the film’s domestic release with the Weinsteins and MGM, plus future releases of the other eight Anthony Horowitz books starring Alex Rider, the young spy character which Peter and brother-producer Marc Samuelson own.
The second film “Point Blanc” is set to start filming also on the Isle of Man as well as in the U.K. and France.
In N.Y., also today, Samuelson meets with THQ who will release two videogames based on “Stormbreaker” and confabs with Disney who will have a “Stormbreaker” game on Disney Wireless.
Samuelson also discusses release offers for “The Man in the Chair” starring Christopher Plummer. This unique film, written and directed by Michael Schroeder, was filmed extensively at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital with recognizable senior thesps plus recognizable L.A. locations.
Samuelson also conducts business for three children’s charities: Star Light, Star Bright and First Star Children’s Foundations of which he is founder and chairman.
The remarkable Peter Samuelson arrived in the U.S. in 1970 with only the allowable 75 British Pounds. Brother Marc remained in London to run their British operation. The two have since produced films including “Arlington Road,” “Wilde,” “Revenge Of The Nerds,” and “Tom and Viv”. Their father, Sir Sydney Samuelson was knighted as the U.K.’s Founding Film Commissioner.
Every reviewer of author Anthony Horowitz’s “Stormbreaker,” whose lead character is 14-year-old spy Alex Rider (in the entire series), says, “This is James Bond for kids sans sex but no less exciting,” or “James Bond in miniature is way cooler than being a wizard.”
Pierce Brosnan and wife Keely Smith will receive First Star’s Humanitarian Award for their longtime involvement in children’s advocacy and as defenders of the environment, June 3, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Landmark Theaters’ Todd Wagner is another recipient as are the national children winners of the Build-A-Bear Workshop. Kids are the winners in this blog.