EricM stopped by the Mad Scientist Film’s Laboratory to discuss himself and his upcoming film “It’s A Wild World”, which is set to be released by Flip Brothers Studio on June 27.

Tesla: You seemed to have tackled quite the grande project with It’s A Wild World. Where did the inspiration behind this saga come from?

EricM: I’m trying to figure out the best way to answer this question. I’ve been batting around the notion of writing a crime project with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for a while now in various forms. I’d started a couple different projects and actually got quite far in one script before my interest kind of faded. Which is kind of my M.O., as I also have a hard drive full of other half-finished and unrealized ideas and stories. So I was kind of sitting there with these various semi-stories that were all crime driven and I found myself in this state of suspension where I couldn’t decide where to direct my energies. Basically I wasn’t writing anything and just mulling over these half-dozen unfinished films I’d started.

So initially it was kind of an exercise to try and jam together these various stories and let them collide with each other to see what the reaction was. I thought it might provide some spark of inspiration or at the very least get me back into the creative flow. I didn’t expect it to become so all-consuming. But I’ve always loved films that really examine an isolated world and the various power structures and relationships within, so it became kind of addicting to weave together these various plotlines and characters into a (hopefully) cohesive whole. I had no intention of going this BIG when I started but it’s been such a joy to work on. I hope it’s entertaining for others but if nothing else it’s been a really gratifying experience to tackle these archetypal crime characters and try to figure out how they’d function in the power structures of this world. It’s been a lot fun.

Tesla: What sort of underworld does this film consist of, and how is this world going to be on display on a larger scale, like you mentioned?

EricM: The short answer is this underworld consists of everything. It’s a completely fictional world, akin to a sort of “hyper reality”. It’s recognizable as our own world but it’s also very stripped down so there’s no real markers like “Hey we’re in New York. Or we’re in Chicago”. I really wanted to examine the operation of a criminal syndicate in a very in depth, realistic way, but also in extreme isolation. So the fictional world allowed me to cut ties with the constraints of reality while hopefully getting at a more emotional/psychological honesty.

The film depicts the criminal underworld of a particular region known as the “Five Cities”. “It’s A Wild World” takes place mostly in Newford City, which is the center for gambling in the Five Cities and also the epicenter of the criminal underworld at the start of “A Crime Saga”. Each of the five cities has a criminal leader and they all operate within one power structure. The film takes place when that power structure is threatened and the various cities each make bids and vie for control. So we also get to spend time in Stirling, which is an old city that’s become lost to drugs as well as the infamous Capital, which is the political center of the Five Cities and wields a lot of control and influence over the crime world. The other cities will be explored in later installments of “A Crime Saga”.

A Crime SagaTesla: Tell us a little about Tom Hank’s character, who you briefly described as an “injured Detective on medical leave who gets drawn into a seedy underworld when he tries to protect a friend.”

EricM: Right, Tom Hanks plays Geoff Kelly. At the start of the film he’s on medical vacation in Saint Lauren which is a tropical island known for their resorts and drug manufacturing. He’s been shot in the hip and needs a cane to walk. He meets a local girl named Iris on the island who is being seduced by some powerful criminals who want to take her back to the cities. He follows her to the cities in an effort to try and take care of her and finds himself accidentally getting involved in this violent power struggle for control of the crime world.

Tom Hanks is interesting because he has this inherent goodness that seems to radiate from him. His character is a guy who’s been a cop his whole life and who’s seen a lot of bad things. He’s lost his wife and daughter, who left him because of his devotion to his job and now he’s been shot and can barely walk. If anyone has a right to be a cynic it’s him but he’s still got this hope and belief in goodness about him. His character has a real need to try and protect the innocent even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Tesla: Why should people go and see It’s A Wild World? What does this film have to offer, or do differently, that other films of similar nature lack or don’t do?

EricM: I think because it’s a different approachwildworld2 to the crime genre than we’ve seen on HTG before. I’ve never been a big sci-fi/fantasy guy but I’ve always enjoyed the concept of world-building that’s inherent in those genres. I’ve tried to bring that same approach to the crime world. You’ve got all these archetypal characters, the good hearted cop, the femme fatale, the heel with a heart of gold, all mashing into each other in hopefully unexpected and entertaining ways. At the end of the day, this is a film I’m extremely attached to emotionally. I loved writing it and I loved putting all my favourite things into one story and seeing what came of it. It’s been a lot of fun for me and if it’s even half as enjoyable for viewers than I think it’ll be a great experience.

Tesla: It’s no secret that your go to genre is crime. What is it about the crime genre that appeals to you as a writer?

EricM: The duality of it. I think the crime genre can really be the perfect genre to examine society as a whole. The genre is all about men and women who are trying to survive, get ahead and prosper which are universal struggles for anyone in life. But what’s great about the crime genre is it allows for those struggles to play out in a very dramatic landscape with really rich and colorful characters. I hope that my films are entertaining for audiences but that they also recognize an inherent kind of truth to the people involved and their methods for achieving their goals.

Tesla: What does the future look like for Frontline Films?

EricM: Well, I’m working on “A Crime Saga Part Two” which should hopefully be in theatres this fall. I’ve also got another film lined up at Horizon for hopefully late summer. That will be totally different thing, focusing on a young romance, so look for that. Otherwise, I’ve got a couple ideas for some adaptations that will hopefully be released in the coming months as well. I’m riding a creative high so I’m hoping it translates into many more releases at HTG in the near future.


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Released simultaneously with the movie musical Adam Horror, the soundtrack for the motion picture features two songs from the original Rocky Horror Show along with tunes from Kanye West, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, and Taylor Swift.

Adam Horror

Adam Horror Official Soundtrack

  1. She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby
  2. One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head
  3. Love Story by Taylor Swift
  4. Over at the Frankenstein Place by Janet, Brad, Chorus, Riff-Raff
  5. Time Warp by Riff-Raff, Magenta, Columbia, Arcade, Professor, Brad, and Janet
  6. Amazing by Kanye West featuring Young Jeezy
  7. Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
  8. Physical by Olivia Newton-John
  9. Something About You by Level 42
  10. I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) by Meat Loaf
  11. Self-Control by Laura Brannigan
  12. Wake Up Call by Maroon 5
  13. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Connie Tyler
  14. Cat’s in the Cradle by Cat Stevens
  15. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  16. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Marilyn Manson
  17. Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
  18. Mama, I’m Coming Home by Ozzy Osbourne
  19. Space Oddity by David Bowie
  20. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Meat Loaf featuring Marion Raven

Adam Horror is currently in HTG theaters worldwide.


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A Crime SagaOn Monday, Flip Brothers Studio and Frontline Films released the first image for their upcoming release, It’s A Wild World: A Crime Saga Part One. We are pleased to announce that the latest picture from producer Eric M and Frontline Films is scheduled for release on June 27, 2014.

The upcoming film, which is said to be the first in an ongoing series, will be directed by Steven Spielberg and will star Tom Hanks. This project is a culmination of several efforts from Frontline Films to collaborate with the famous director and star pairing.

“It’s been a long time coming,” laughed EricM, “I think this is the third project we’ve started with the intention of working with Steven and Tom. The other two never really gained enough momentum but we’re very excited about this current venture.”

“Frontline has really taken a turn to become one of the top producers of high quality crime films,” added Spielberg. “Tom and I have wanted to try our hand in the crime genre for some time now. After Strung Out on a Wire and last year’s The Diplomat’s Son, it became clear that Frontline was the natural place to go.”

EricM says the film will be a fusion of talents, combining his production company’s penchant for gritty, realistic crime dramas with Spielberg’s sense of scale and epic proportions. “This is the first film in a series that’s going to track over a dozen characters in several different locations. We like to think of it along the lines of some of the great epics in history, be it Lawrence of Arabia” or Doctor Zhivago, only imagined by a writer like Raymond Chandler or Elmore Leonard.”

“I don’t know if there’s ever been a crime film that approached this scale. Maybe the Godfather Part Two, and that’s it,” says Spielberg. “It’s very exciting to be working with these classic crime archetypes, but watching them play off each other on a much grander, more complex scale.”

EricM states that it was more recent Spielberg films such as Lincoln that convinced him he had the right director for the project. “With that film, I think Spielberg really showed everyone his real filmmaking ability. That movie is just people talking in rooms but it’s highly engaging and cinematic. It’s A Wild World is a crime film, but we’re aiming to really tackle the complexity and politics involved in running illegitimate businesses. It’s a slow burn emphasizing dialogue and character interactions. Spielberg has proven he can do that and his track record with action sequences and epic scale is unparalleled. He’s a legend, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him.”

Tom Hanks will star as an injured Detective on medical leave who gets drawn into a seedy underworld when he tries to protect a friend. Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson are also slated to star. “It’s always great working with Steve,” said Hanks, “But it’s been a special treat to work with the great cast of actors Flip Bros and Frontline Films has provided. There is an abundance of talent in the room every single day and it’s been an absolute joy to play in the sandbox with all these great folks.” The rest of the cast, which Frontline Films notes could total more than twenty additional names, will be announced in the near future.

“This is really a personal project, “ adds EricM, “A Crime Saga, start to finish, is really going to be a culmination of all my interests. I love crime stories but I’m also fascinated by sociology and the function of groups and organizations. I wanted to combine all the things I love into one project. Just put them in a blender and see what comes out. It’s like the love child of Robert Altman and Howard Hawks doing an HBO show that’s adapted from a Dashiell Hammet novel. It’s all my favorite things, and I just hope that translates to an enjoyable film on June 27.”

Spielberg agrees with the Hawks reference. “Great characters, great story. It’s a very political movie. It’s a crime movie, but it’s really more about these characters than about violence or gunplay. How do these people manipulate one another to gain power and influence? We hope it’s going to be a fun movie, but it’s definitely going to be complex and require some active engagement from viewers to keep track of the various schemes and double-crosses. That’s been the key to great crime stories dating back to Howard Hawk’s The Big Sleep and we hope It’s A Wild World and the entire “Crime Saga” continues that tradition of fun, but smart, storytelling.”

Flip Brothers co-studio head, Ritchie Steven adds, “We’ve been hoping to work with EricM since his 2006 crime film Gone, But Not Forgotten. I love crime movies and as a studio we have found a lot of success in the genre. Both my brother and I are absolutely thrilled that EricM agreed to bring the “Crime Saga” to our studio. We are going to do everything in our power to get as many eyes on it as possible. This is a Saga that is very deserving of your time!”

It’s A Wild World: A Crime Saga Part One is scheduled for release on June 27. Keep your eye out for future cast announcements and reports from set in the coming weeks.


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Anna Kendrick

Actress Anna Kendrick was recently spotted in the Hollywood area recently with some bad news for fans of her singing.  She is announcing that after the upcoming musical Adam Horror that she’s taking a break from movies with musical numbers.

“I want people to know that I’m a versatile actress.  Someone who can act in dramas or in comedies”, Kendrick said.  ”If people just see me as a singer, that will unnecessarily reduce my range of roles.”

While fans are disappointed that they won’t be able to hear Kendrick singing for the foreseeable future, they’ll have plenty of opportunity to hear Kendrick sing to her heart’s content as Janet Weiss in Horror.

“It was cool the way the musical was set up,” said Kendrick.  ”The audience will be surprised that there’s a lot of big musical numbers in Adam Horror, particularly using some big songs from the 1980s and 1990s.  I can see a lot of people buying the soundtrack when it comes out.”

Adam Horror, which is a reboot of The Rocky Horror Show is coming to theaters on this Friday June 13.  It co-stars Sully winner Neil Patrick Harris as Frank Furter, Yoda nominee Nicholas Hoult as Brad Majors, and Yoda nominee Ryan Gosling as Adam Horror.


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Ant Man

I recently got the chance to sit down with returning producer Rick Arnold, seeing as I was around when Rick was first here. It made me feel a little old when he mentioned how long he had been away. We discussed why he came back and what his plans for the future are and here is what he said.

KRIS: So you’ve returned to HTG after a long absence, How’s it feel to be back?

RICK: It feels good to be back in a community after such a long absence. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to shake off the ring rust that I’ve developed and get back to finally finishing something!

KRIS: What have you been upto since you left?

RICK: Well, I was spending my retirement living a life of luxury on a beach in South America. Then my money ran out about a week into that, so I was forced to come back to the real world. Then I just played XBox… a lot. Basically, all I’ve been up to is XBox. Yea…

KRIS: Need to get on PS3 man, So what have you been working on and when will we likely see the first release?

RICK: Well, before I left the world of virtual producing, I had been working on an adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Irredeemable Ant-Man and had completed the first film in the series. So I’ve been definitely kicking that around.

As for other ideas… well, I’ve been mapping out and started writing a sequel to Jurassic Park. There’s probably like three big franchises that I’d really love to write for — Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Batman — and with JP, I feel I’m really close to hitting it out of the park (I think I made a pun…) with something.

KRIS: Ant-Man is fascinating character in my opinion as he’s not as well known to fans outside of Marvel comics. What will you be looking to do to make the film appeal to general audience?

RICK: It’s hard, you know, because I think Ant-Man is generally considered to be a goof character by the general public, who’s biggest moment was when he backhanded his wife. But he’s really a complex character. Dr. Henry Pym is an extremely conflicted character, who’s full of self-esteem issues and overshadowed by other Avengers like Tony Stark. He also inadvertently unleashed Ultron on the Marvel universe, after it gained sentience.

And then there’s Eric O’Grady, the third Ant-Man and ‘hero’ of the Irredeemable Ant-Man. He’s a low-level SHIELD agent who’s gotten by in life by bullshitting and doing as little as possible. Then, by pure chance, O’Grady comes into possession of a version of the Ant-Man gear and suddenly has access to a bunch of new powers. The overall arc of the story is that Eric O’Grady is sort of a scumbag, but he’s trying to discover a heart of gold in there — but he really loves to use his powers for less-then-noble goals.

Oh, and unlike our real-life Marvel overlords, I am committed to bringing an Ant-Man directed by Edgar Wright. So the general public has that to look forward to.

KRIS: How about other franchises, Any out there you would love to tackle?

RICK: Aside from the aforementioned Jurassic Park, Spider-Man and Batman; I’ve always had a love for the Firefly/Serenity universe. I’m also a huge Marvel fanboy and have always wanted to take a whack at Daredevil and the Punisher.

KRIS: Well I own the Firefly/Serenity franchise so we should talk some more, Well it’s great that your back and we at the times wish you all the best for the future and we look forward to seeing your films.


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