AFM: Dean Devlin on ‘Go With Me,’ ‘Leverage’ and Passion

Dean Devlin Financing Go with Me
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Dean Devlin says it’s all about passion, explaining why he’s gotten back into the independent financing/foreign sales business through his 13-year-old Electric Entertainment banner.

Electric came on board recently to co-finance with Enderby Entertainment the Anthony Hopkins’ action-drama “Go With Me,” with Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta on board. Electric Entertainment will be selling international rights at AFM. Shooting starts in mid-November in British Columbia, Canada, centering on a young woman newly returned to her hometown in a Pacific Northwest logging community who’s harassed by a crime lord.

“We just fell in love with ‘Go With Me,’ ” Devlin says. “We don’t have investors so Electric is a very passion-based company. I’ve done well by following my passions.”

Devlin — whose producing credits include “Independence Day” — is in middle of shooting “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, for Warner Bros. in his directorial debut. “It’s like night and day to work on a studio movie so I’m blessed to work at both ends of the system,” he notes.

Devlin says his work on exec producing a pair of TNT series — “Leverage” and the upcoming “Librarians” with Rebecca Romijn for has been invaluable of “Geostorm.”

“We’ve been working on these groundbreaking technologies in TV such as using a file-based workflow and Red cameras so we don’t to wait for the footage,” he adds. “I am such a tech geek. There’s such a resistance to change and we are being allowed to do that on ‘Geostorm.’”

Devlin, who helped start Voltage Entertainment with Nic Chartier in 2005, believes that such innovations from the independents will help keep the movie business viable.

Electric unveiled the division, its financing of “The Wannabe” and the hiring of veteran execs Sonia Mehandjiyska and Ari Haas last year during the Toronto Film Festival. In addition to selling “Go With Me,” Electric is showing first footage of family drama “Before I Disappear” from Shawn Christensen.

Mehandjiyska said initial response has been strong on both titles. “People know Dean’s name and they want to be in business with him.”

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  1. Dean Devlin is an amazing person and a real genius! He has done some truly amazing movies and Tv shows like Leverage (my favorite show to this day) and The Librarians. When I hear of something he is working on I get excited and can’t wait to see it! I loved Independence Day and The Patriot as they were both beautifully done! Dean doesn’t get enough credit for his work! Love ya, Dean for keeping us entertained with awesome work!

  2. jksword says:

    Anytime I see the name Dean Devlin, I am immediately interested to see what new projects he is doing. Independence Day was amazing. Leverage continues to be one of my favorites, and I am really looking forward to seeing The Librarians.

  3. Congrats Dean Devlin on your new movies. looking forward to seeing more of your work. Patiently waiting for the Librarians on 12/7. The Kaniacs thank you for recognizing talent & including “our boy” Christian in your projects. Keep up the good work!

  4. Alicia Fifer says:

    Congratulations Dean Devlin on the new projects (movies). You did such a great job with Leverage and im sure The Librarians will be a huge hit as well! You deserve your credits and the Kaniacs are very proud of you!

  5. mentdijinn says:

    Dean Devlin is an awesome writer/director/producer! He has brought me my favorite television show #Leverage with my favorite actor/singer Christian Kane and will be bringing us another tv show that is sure to be just as great also with Christian… The Librarians on TNT starting December 7th! So excited abt this!… The man is so creative! Anything he does is a winner in my book!

  6. nonawallert says:

    Anything that has been attached to Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment has been successful. I would expect no less from his future projects.

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