SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

 

 

 

 

JUST IN: Soul Surfer will begin pre production on Oahu June 25 for an Aug.3 start filming date.  The apparent Screen Actors Guild settlement with studios and networks apparently pushed the start dates, sources said. The film about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack, recovery and success as a professional surfer despite having lost an arm will shoot at least 80 percent on Oahu and the rest on Kauai. The film’s budget has also increased 25 percent from about $7.5 million to $10 million…

 

With so much time for preproduction, producers said the film now will shoot for 35 days instead of the previously announced eight weeks…There are nine water unit days scheduled…The Turtle Bay Resort – Oahu’s production hub for visiting film and television – will be production headquarters for Soul Surfer. Producer/director is Sean McNamara with partner David Brookwell as co producer, Baywatch co creator and executive producer Douglas Schwartz also is a producer and Dutch Hofstetter is creative producer. Schwartz is no stranger to Hawaii having co produced Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding here in 2003 and Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise in 1995…McNamara-Brookwell shot three years of the uccessful TV series Beyond the Break on Oahu…

 

The script is by Brian Hurvitz…

 

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Meanwhile on Kauai, WB’s High School Reunion starts filming season six this month with 15 graduates from the 1989 class from Las Vegas’ Chaparral High School…A Kilauea estate is the setting for reunions of former classmates, who rekindle old romances and rivalries while staying under one roof. Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) is executive producer…

 

Some of these graduates haven’t seen each other in over twenty years. High School Reunion is produced for TV Land by Fleiss through his NEXT Entertainment production company in association with Warner Horizon Television. This High School Reunion is set to debut its third season with eight episodes in the third quarter of 2009, on TV Land during TV Land PRIME, the network’s primetime destination block…

 

Pre production begins the first week of  May. The production will be on Kauai on for five weeks through the second week of June that includes 12 shoot days including a “prom” event on June 7…About 40 cast and crew are being brought from Los Angeles…

 

High School Reunion 5 ended two weeks after one Chandler High School graduate accused another of being a prostitute, and then she accused her accuser of wanting to create a fake lesbian show romance. Accusations of prostitution and schizophrenia among people in their late 30s apparently equals high ratings for TV Land, averaging 883,000 total viewers with a median age of 45.

 

“We are so happy that High School Reunion continues to resonate with our viewers and remains one of TV Land’s most popular original series,” said Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “Viewers can’t get enough of the drama and romance that comes when these classmates share their emotional and intimate stories from high school and everything else in between. The characters and storylines are not only entertaining, but the show is so that it’s not surprising that our audience of 40-somethings has been glued to their screens. We can’t wait to see what drama unfolds with this new class, making great television.”…

 

 

Roger Corman Jr. also plans to return to Kauai to film at least one and possibly two low budget science fiction films back to back this month and into May. Both films’ budgets are less than $300,000…Corman Jr. shot Supergator on Kauai in 2007 starring Kelly McGillis…

 

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