The film is written and helmed by first time director, Jonathan Keevil and is the sophomore project from Coatwolf founder Evan Glodell who is producing the project and also playing the title character of Chuck Hank. In addition to Glodell, the film also stars Keevil and Bellflower co-star Tyler Dawson who play the San Diego Twins. Rounding out the cast is David Arquette (Scream), Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), Michael Pare (Streets of Fire), Olivia Taylor Dudley (The Magicians) and legendary MMA fighters Don Frye and Josh Barnett.
The Syndicate, an evil gang bent on world domination, summons a secret weapon from the heavens and breaks the long-standing truce with the San Diego family by kidnapping their sister and cutting off the town’s supply of Tatsui Power-Up Drinks. Now Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins must decide whether to fight – risking their lives, family, and the future of Flat Earth – or surrender their land to save their sister.
“Like many of our generation, we spent so much of our childhood playing these side-scrolling, beat-em-up video games that they shaped a huge part of our reality” says Glodell. “And I think the entire team have created a truly insane film that brings that reality to life”
“We set out to recreate and pay homage to iconic sequences from fighting video games from the 1980s and 1990s but we wanted to also tell a compelling story about brotherhood and family” said Jonathan Keevil. “Through a lot of blood, sweat and tears we were able to create exactly that.”
Shot on location in Ventura, CA by Independent Spirit Award nominated cinematographer, Joel Hodge. Production of the film was jump started by a successful Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. The Coatwolf team, who are known for their practical, hands-on approach to film making, continued their DIY mantra, for their new film. Shooting over the course of three years, the team designed and created a number of their own special effects, pyrotechnics and custom vehicles. The lead actors also completed nearly all of their own stunts.
Producing the film for Coatwolf Productions are Evan Glodell, Chelsea St John, Jonathan Keevil, Vincent Grashaw and Joel Hodge along with Gabriel Cowen and John Suits from New Artists Alliance. Additional producers include Dallas Sonnier, under his new banner Cinestate, and Jack Heller of Assemble Media. The film will be released this summer with final details to be announced soon.