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Isle of Man Film presents
An Edward R. Pressman production
in association with
Grosvenor Park
in association with Remag Guerrilla Films
& Magnolia Pictures


A MAGNOLIA PICTURES RELEASE
MUTANT CHRONICLES

A film by Simon Hunter

111 min., 1.85:1, 35mm




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SYNOPSIS
In the year 2707, Earth’s natural resources have been exhausted by mankind and battle rages between the soldiers of the world’s four leading corporations: Capitol, Bauhaus, Mishima and Imperial.
Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane) and Nathan Rooker (Sean Pertwee), battle-hardened Capitol soldiers and best mates, fight a desperate battle against a Bauhaus advance. Unbeknownst to both Capitol and Bauhaus, their battle wages above an ancient, buried seal. The seal was placed beneath the earth’s surface centuries ago to protect the planet from an enemy far greater than any corporation. When an errant shell destroys the hidden seal, the men find themselves face to face with a new enemy--the enemy of man--horrific necromutants whose weapons are deadly bone blades which mutate from their hideous arms. The mutant army strikes relentlessly. Mitch Hunter barely manages to escape their violent attack. Nathan does not.
The mutants multiply by millions, destroying all before them. The Corporations must ban together against the mutants if they are to have any chance of survival. The Corporations’ chosen leader, Constantine (John Malkovich), is preparing to abandon the planet and mankind, leaving countless innocents to a hopeless, violent fate, when he is approached with news from Brother Samuel (Ron Perlman), leader of the Brotherhood, an ancient monastic order.
Brother Samuel is keeper of the Chronicles, a book that prophesies both the rise of the mutants, and the coming of a ‘Deliverer’ destined to destroy them. Samuel believes he is that Deliverer--the lone human being meant to journey deep into the earth to obliterate the source of the mutant scourge for good. Desperate to convince Constantine to help change the course of the future, he implores the leader to provide him with a ship and crew to pursue the prophesy of the Chronicles.
Samuel manages to recruit fiercely independent Mitch Hunter to lead the perilous mission, along with a disparate band of brave soldiers to complete their crew--honor bound Bauhaus officer Steiner (Benno Fürmann); sword-wielding Severian (Anna Walton), the only female member of the Brotherhood and bound to silence; volatile street fighter El Jesus (Luis Echegaray); fearless beauty Duval (Devon Aoki); and stoic warrior Juba (Tom Wu).
Directed by Simon Hunter and written by Philip Eisner, Mutant Chronicles follows Mitch and Samuel’s mission into the very heart of the darkness in an attempt to save human kind and the planet from the marauding hordes of undying mutants.
The darkest age is yet to come. Have faith.
ABOUT THE FILM
MUTANT CHRONICLES, directed by Simon Hunter and written by Philip Eisner, is set on what is left of Earth in the year 2707. By this point four mega-corporations have pillaged the planet’s resources. During a blinding battle, an ancient seal once embedded in the earth is ruptured, releasing a demonic, marauding army of underworld necromutants who wage an all out war against human kind.
In creating the visual world of MUTANT CHRONICLES, director Simon Hunter envisioned a future of regression. Rather than depict a futuristic, ultra-modern world, Hunter wanted to illustrate a dismal, desperate future without technological advances--a world where mankind had inflicted ruin upon itself. “I wanted nothing high tech, everything retro, everything coal powered,” explains Hunter, “…a Victorian future world of chimneys and fires and boilers and dirt.” Hunter, a provocative visualist, classifies the world he created as ‘Steam-Punk’-- a subgenre of fantasy and fiction which refers to works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used.

Producer, Edward R. Pressman, discovered MUTANT CHRONICLES in the mid-90s when his brother, James Pressman of Pressman Toy, licensed the role-playing game. The Crow starring Brandon Lee had just been a huge box office hit. Pressman was interested in finding another franchise property. MUTANT CHRONICLES was exactly what Pressman was looking for. He immediately acquired the rights to the property from Paradox Entertainment.


Screenwriter Philip Eisner was brought in to the write the screenplay. The original screenplay by Eisner was innovative and inspired; however, the project based on that original screenplay, had a false start which was to the advantage of the production as the technology was not yet in place to shoot this film on such a grand scale at a modest budget. Despite the false start in the 90s, Pressman’s signature tenacity and belief in the project kept the film alive.
In 2005, Hunter and his producing partner, Tim Dennison, approached Pressman with Hunter’s take on MUTANT CHRONICLES. Hunter had been tracking the project for years. He sought out Pressman and declared that he could make MUTANT CHRONICLES for a fraction of the budget citing changes in technology and cutting-edge visual techniques he would create specifically for the world of MUTANT CHRONICLES. “I wanted to make MUTANT CHRONICLES,” says Hunter, “because I wanted a fresh take on this type of material—a dark, tough and gritty future. The last thing I wanted was for this film to look like Alien…whilst that film is excellent, it has been done, and I really wanted to strike on fresh ground.” Because so much of the visual world Hunter wanted to show had not technically been achieved before, he proposed to Pressman that he shoot a teaser film to prove he could realize his vision at the budget required.
Hunter and his crew spent five days shooting the 7 minute film against blue screen, and nearly four months of post-production followed. The entire short film was shot without the use of any facility house. The effects were done on two Macs at Hunter’s home. Hunter proved advanced technological feats were feasible on a modest budget. He sold Pressman on his vision.
Hunter officially came on board to direct, and he and Pressman spent the next few months screening the short film around Hollywood. They were successful in securing financing, distributors, and cast—including Thomas Jane and John Malkovich. “Watching Simon’s short, it was obvious the guy had a singular vision and an innate understanding of the technical means to get it done,” says Jane.
Following a few drafts by other writers, Pressman went back to Eisner and asked him to write the final shooting script. Hunter and Eisner worked closely to create the world of MUTANT CHRONICLES. “Philip has been a real delight to work with,” says Hunter, “he has a real insight and appreciation for the genre. Throughout the process, he would remind me to keep it fun. The degenerate future we’ve created of war and mutants is Saturday afternoon entertainment, and Philip was integral in crafting that entertainment.”
As Jane was in discussions to play ‘Mitch Hunter’, Hunter and screenwriter Philip Eisner decided to adapt the tone of the film. “Thomas was going to play the part as our Steve McQueen figure—cool, a loner, and iconoclastic,” explains Hunter.
Hunter knew he had to find a skilled and innovative pioneer as his Director of Photography. He chose DP Geoff Boyle because of his expertise in new technology. They chose to shoot on the cutting edge Viper camera system where uncompressed images are captured on hard disk records resulting in incredible detail and texture. This method would simplify post-production for the compositors and eliminate the need for scanning film. Though artistically frustrated at times by dealing with the enormous green screens, Boyle would make ground-breaking strides with the technology, pushing it to its fullest potential.
To achieve Hunter’s Steam-Punk vision of the future he chose Production Designer, Caroline Greville-Morris. She and Hunter created the world of MUTANT CHRONICLES using a variety of methods which included a mixture of sets, partial sets extended in post, miniatures layered with CGI, green screens and matte paintings. Explains Hunter, “These techniques are inexpensive and have an original and interesting look.” Costume Designer, Yves Barre, looked back in time for the foundation of his multi-layered design concept. He incorporated elements of design from various centuries spanning the medieval period, the 12th Century for the monks, the 19th and early 20th Centuries for the military uniforms and the 1950s for the members of the council chamber. This combination of historical design supported and illuminated the ambitious and original Steam-Punk visual experience envisioned by Simon Hunter, Production Designer Caroline Greville-Morris and Director of Photography Geoff Boyle.
In the spring of 2006 principal photography of MUTANT CHRONICLES began. The film was shot over a nine-week schedule beginning in May 2006 at Shepperton Studios and on location in the Isle of Man. The production process would involve nearly 2000 visual effects shots (a British record) and take nearly two years to complete. Hunter has devoted three years to MUTANT CHRONICLES.
With over 2,000 visual effect shots, the effects were essential to fulfilling Hunter’s vision. “The only way to achieve the Steam-Punk future on screen was to build sets or create our own world in post-production,” says Hunter. “By creating our own world in post, we were able to give the film a strong design from start to finish that is original and fresh.”

The VFX Company, Men From Mars, especially Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Carr, worked meticulously with Hunter and editor, Alison Lewis, to fully realize MUTANT CHRONICLES as Hunter originally envisioned it.



MUTANT CHRONICLES is an epic science-fiction action thriller starring a tour de force ensemble cast, Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Benno Fürmann, Sean Pertwee, Devon Aoki, Anna Walton, and John Malkovich.

MUTANT CHRONICLES is produced by Edward R. Pressman, Tim Dennison, Peter La Terriere, Stephen Belafonte, and Pras Michel. Steve Christian of Isle of Man Film, Ltd served as Executive Producer along with Alessandro Camon, Paradox Entertainment’s Fredrik Malmberg, Lee Solomon, Christian Halsey Solomon, Charles Finch, Stephane Bibeau, and Jon Katz. The film is financed by Grosvenor Park and Isle of Man Film, Ltd. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales. Cinetic Media is handling domestic sales. Edward R. Pressman and Paradox Entertainment recently completed a publishing deal with Dark Horse Comics and merchandising deals with C.O.G. Games and Fantasy Flight.
Since it began as a popular role-playing board game more than a decade ago, MUTANT CHRONICLES has won over fans worldwide. The property has been translated in 17 languages in a variety of formats, including collectable card games, videogames, books, comics and miniature games.

ABOUT THE CAST

THOMAS JANE - Mitch Hunter

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969 Thomas Jane has a solid raft of film and major TV credits to his name and has worked with some of the international film industry’s most acclaimed directors including Frank Darabont, Renny Harlin, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Madden, Terrence Malick, and John Woo.


Early appearances in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Crow: City of Angels then led to roles in John Woo’s Face/Off and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. Jane was then cast in Anderson’s Magnolia, before taking a role in Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line.
Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea followed, as well as Stephen Hopkin’s Under Suspicion, Original Sin and 61* for HBO which Billy Crystal directed, and Jane portrayed famed baseball legend Mickey Mantle.
Other notable credits include The Sweetest Thing, Dreamcatcher and South African cop-turned-bank robber Stander, but Jane’s role as the lead in The Punisher is the one that brought him most acclaim.
More recently, he has starred in John Madden’s Killshot, Simon Hunter’s futuristic film MUTANT CHRONICLES, and The Tripper which is directed by his brother-in-law David Arquette. He recently wrapped filming on Stephen King’s The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont.

In 2005 Jane started his own publishing arm Raw Studios with Steve Niles and Tim Bradstreet, producing the science fiction comics Bad Planet and Alien Pig Farm 3000. Upcoming film projects include the noir thriller Dark Country, which Jane is currently directing and starring in for Sony and is being shot stereoscopically.


RON PERLMAN - Samuel

Award-winning actor, Ron Perlman has moved seamlessly between the worlds of film, television, and theater for almost three decades. Having received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, he returned to his native New York to begin his professional career in theater, delving into the works of contemporaries like Pinter and Beckett as well as the classics of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ibsen, and Checkov with two recent trips back to Broadway in A Few Good Men and Bus Stop.


His film career began in the early eighties with two films back to back for director Jean Jacques Annaud--Quest for Fire, for which he received a Canadian Academy Award nomination, and the role of Salvatore, the hunchback in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. Most recently Perlman resumes his unique collaboration with French directors Jean Pierre Juenet and Marc Caro co-starring with Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder in Juenet’s Alien Resurrection. Perlman first worked with Juenet and Caro on their award winning City of Lost Children. Other film work includes roles in studio ventures such as The Island of Dr. Moreau, Romeo is Bleeding, Fluke, The Adventures of Huck Finn and Sleepwalkers, as well as independent films including Cronos, The Last Supper and When the Bough Breaks. Soon to be released pictures include, Frogs for Snakes, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, Tinseltown, and Miramax’s Happy Texas.
Perlman’s film career was interrupted for a three-year run on CBS’ critically acclaimed Beauty and the Beast for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor along with two Emmy Nominations and three Viewers For Quality Television Awards. Other television work includes HBO’s The Second Civil War, Mr. Stitch, The Adventures of Captain Zoom, the Rob Nilsson adaptation of the Rod Serling classic A Town has Turned to Dust for the Sci-Fi Channel, The Magnificent Seven, marking his second collaboration with CBS, New Line Cinema’s feature Price of Glory with Jimmy Smits, Mandalay’s Enemy at the Gate opposite Jude Law, New Line Cinema’s Blade II, Paramount’s Star Trek: Nemisis, the Oscar winning short film Two Soldiers, Guillermo del Toro’s HellBoy for Revolution Studios in which he plays the title character, Stephen King’s mini-series Desperation for ABC, Larry Fessenden’s indie feature The Last Winter, and the soon to be released In The Name of the King with Jason Statham and John Rhys-Davies.
Perlman recently completed shooting Masters of Horror, directed by Jon Carpenter for Showtime, as well as the independent feature MUTANT CHRONICLES, starring opposite Thomas Jane and John Malkovich. Most recently he completed Dark Country directed by Thomas Jane, Hellboy II: The Golden Army where he continued his role as the title character, and Outlander co-starring with Jim Caviezel. Ron is currently in production on Ice 44 starring alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr.
DEVON AOKI - Duval

Devon is currently shooting a leading role in the independent feature film, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead. Devon recently completed shooting a lead role in the feature film, MUTANT CHRONICLES, opposite Thomas Jane and John Malkovich. Before this, Devon was seen in Dimension’s release, D.O.A., based on the worldwide video game. The film was produced by Paul Anderson and directed by Corey Yuen. Devon Aoki can also be seen in the film Sin City for director Robert Rodriguez and Miramax Films. Devon can also currently be seen starring in the feature film WAR opposite Jason Statham and Jet Li. Devon also had a starring role in the feature film D.E.B.S. for Sony Screen Gems, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film was featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Devon made her engaging screen debut in the Universal summer hit, 2 Fast 2 Furious, for director John Singleton. Devon has also been one of the international faces of Lancôme, the leading cosmetics company in the world.


Devon began her career as a top model at fourteen years old. While living in London, Devon quickly ascended to become one of the most sought after models. Her cross-cultural international appeal has established Devon as a public figure all over the world, including her family’s homeland of Japan, where she has endorsed companies such as Shishedo, Loreal, Sunsystems, Toyota and Peachtree Juices.
Devon’s extensive work in the fashion industry includes editorial pictorals for Harper’s Bazaar by Patrick Demarchelier, American Vogue by Steven Meisel, British Vogue by Mario Testino, W Magazine by Paolo Roversi, The Face by Ellen von Unwerth, French Vogue, Russian Vogue, I.D. Magazine and Dutch. Devon was also featured on the cover of Interview Magazine’s anniversary issue, shot by David La Chappelle. She recently shot for French, Russian and Japanese Vogue and participated in the December 2007 Chanel show out of London.
Devon is a favorite with photographers as well as designers and has been featured in numerous campaigns. These include Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Versace by Steven Meisel, Wella by Ella von Unwerth, Cerrutti by Annette Aurell and Moschino. In addition, Devon has made numerous runway appearances, which include Thierry Mugler, Fendi, Gaultier, Givenchy, Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Yves St. Laurent, Bella Freud, Anna Molinari, Versace and Chanel. She served as Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and was the bride of Chanel five seasons in a row.

Devon’s personal interests include writing, photography, poetry, yoga, ballet, karate and surfing.


JOHN MALKOVICH - Constantine

Actor, director and producer John Malkovich is a leading figure of both stage and screen. He has had a profound impact on American theatre as a guiding member of Chicago’s groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and he has intrigued filmgoers with his finely etched screen performances for nearly twenty years. His feature directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, starring Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, was released to critical success by Fox Searchlight in May of 2003.


Malkovich is one of cinema’s most in-demand actors and works frequently on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently on The Great Buck Howard, In Transit, Eragon, Beowulf, Art School Confidential, The Libertine (which was produced through his production company Mr Mudd), Colour Me Kubrick and Ripley’s Game.
Other notable credits include Knockaround Guys with Dennis Hopper and Vin Diesel and the comedy Johnny English with Rowan Atkinson, Manoel de Oliveira’s I’m Going Home, E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire, Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich, and two films directed by Raoul Ruiz, Savage Souls and Time Regained. He has worked with many of cinema’s leading directors, making indelible impressions in such films as: Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons; Wolfgang Petersen’s In the Line of Fire; Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady; Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky; Gary Sinise’s Of Mice and Men; Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun; Paul Newman’s The Glass Menagerie; Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields; and Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, in 1985 for Places in the Heart and in 1994 for In the Line of Fire. His performance in Places in the Heart also earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review. In 1999, he won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for Being John Malkovich.
Malkovich served as executive producer on the award-winning film The Accidental Tourist, following which he formed the production company Mr. Mudd with producing partners Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Mr. Mudd most recently produced the award-winning dark comedy Ghost World, directed by Terry Zwigoff and based on the narrative comic by Daniel Clowes.
Malkovich is a longstanding member of the groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He joined the company immediately upon completing college, and between 1976 and 1982 he acted in, directed or designed sets for more than fifty Steppenwolf productions. Malkovich’s debut on the New York stage in the Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard’s True West earned him an Obie Award. Other notable plays include Death of a Salesman; Slip of the Tongue; Sam Shepard’s State of Shock; and Lanford Wilson’s Burn This in New York, London and Los Angeles. He has directed numerous plays at Steppenwolf, including the celebrated Balm in Gilead in Chicago and off-Broadway; The Caretaker in Chicago and on Broadway; Hysteria; and Libra, which Malkovich adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel.
He has also acted in several acclaimed television productions and won an Emmy Award for his performance in the telefilm Death of a Salesman, directed by Volker Schlöndorff and co-starring Dustin Hoffman. Other television credits including the acclaimed HBO telefilm RKO 281 and True West, an American Playhouse telecast of Steppenwolf’s production of the Sam Shepard play. In 2000, Malkovich appeared in the Kennedy Center taping of Ariel Dorfman’s play Speak Truth to Power, which was broadcast on PBS. In addition to directing The Dancer Upstairs, John has directed three fashion shorts (Strap Hangings, Lady Behave, Hideous Man) for London based designer Bella Freud. His French stage production of Hysteria was honored with five Moliere Award nominations (2003) including best director for Malkovich.
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