Nothing piques Morgan Freeman’s interest quite like science, technology and the cosmos. After all, he spends his scant downtime pondering string theory and quantum mechanics as host of the Science Channel’s mindbender “Through the Wormhole.”
So, it’s no surprise that Freeman’s longtime producing partner Lori McCreary hails from an admittedly nerdy background. Long before she and Freeman launched their Revelations Entertainment banner in 1996, the one-time computer scientist ran a successful legal software company.
“I realized, ‘Wow I don’t really want to do this. What I really want to do is theater,’?” recalls the Bay Area native, who directed her first play at age 15.
By chance, McCreary and a lawyer friend caught the small anti-apartheid play “Bopha!” during a trip to London in 1985. Wowed by the drama, McCreary optioned the film rights for less than $5,000 and began courting Freeman for the lead role. Freeman, who was looking to expand his repertoire beyond acting, nixed that idea but wound up directing the 1992 Zimbabwe-set film, which marked the pair’s first collaboration.
“I fell in love with Africa,” says McCreary, who is looking to return to the continent with “Jet Jungle,” based on the popular 1960s South African radio program about a local superhero who speaks to animals and helps undo the ravages of technology. “That love affair came full circle when we did ‘Invictus’ there last year.”
Though McCreary keeps a development eye toward Africa, she also remains enamored with her first profession: science. In fact, the first project McCreary and Freeman began developing after hanging their Revelation shingle was the sci-fi thriller “Rendezvous With Rama,” based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel. David Fincher remains attached to direct.
“We’ve been waiting for the technology to catch up with our ability to realize the world of Rama,” says the forward-thinking McCreary, who hopped on the VOD bandwagon long before it was cool with the low-budget 2006 drama “10 Items or Less.” “It (explores) the side of us that loves to try to understand what’s out there that we might not be able to see: What if something came to us that we didn’t understand? What would we do?”
Given their interests, it’s only fitting that McCreary and Freeman would attempt to answer that question onscreen.
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