HONOLULU TO GET “COOLER” WITH A&E/BRUCKHEIMER PILOT

HONOLULU TO GET “COOLER” WITH A&E/BRUCKHEIMER PILOT

 

 

 

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MAY 18 UPDATE:  Believe it! Cooler Kings, the police procedural pilot by producer Jerry Bruckheimer,  plans to shoot on Oahu in late July. If that’s picked up as a series for A&E, then filming will begin in March or April, said sources in Los Angeles…Current discussions about Cooler Kings’ first season likely will be eight, hourlong episodes…

 

The series budget will be under the cable television rates which are far less than ABC’s Lost estimated $2.5 million an episode…The timing of Cooler Kings arrival on Oahu couldn’t be better next year, said several Lost crew. With Lost finishing its final season next March or April, many Hawaii crew could transition to the new series without any work stoppage…The Hawaii Film Studio also would be available for the first time in nearly seven years and, sources said, Bruckheimer and company  hope to at least reserve the facility to base the production there since they’re pretty confident that the series will be greenlit, sources said….

 

Soul Surfer redux: Producer/director Sean McNamara, producer Doug Schwartz and several other of the film’s executives arrive this week to the film’s production base at  Turtle Bay Resort for the four week “script polish and prep”…

 

The oft postponed production is on track to begin  pre production in late June for an Aug.3 start filming date. 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…The script is by Brian Hurvitz…

 

 

JUST IN: A&E has greenlit the  Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot Cooler Kings, a police show set in Honolulu. Tristan Patterson (The Electric Slide)

 

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wrote the pilot. The series centers on a former Honolulu cop who’s out to avenge the death of his girlfriend. He falls into a group of mysterious detectives known as the Cooler Kings who are looking to combat the dark side of Hawaii…

 

 

Patterson reportedly will executive produce with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Bruckheimer-produces CSI: Miami, the TNT drama Dark Blue and is developing the script Cocaine Cowboys at HBO. If Cooler Kings is picked up as a series, it’s expected to launch in spring or summer 2010. A&E also produces Dog the Bounty Hunter here…

 

According to published reports, Cooler Kings was originally envisioned for FOX, as Bruckheimer began expanding his presence to cable. But A&E expressed an interest in the script and ordered up a pilot…Sources said that Cooler Kings is a working title…The main character – an ex–Honolulu cop bent on revenge for the death of his girlfriend meets – has not been cast yet. In the story he meets a mysterious crew of detectives – the Cooler Kings – who offer him an unlikely chance at redemption. “Honolulu used to be a paradise. Now it’s a 21st century boomtown of vice, narcotics, power, corruption, betrayal and murder.” This surf-noir crime show is about a cop saving a world  – his world, his paradise – one case at a time. The series is from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television…

 

 

 

 

ABC has been filming The Bachelor on Maui moving to the Big Island this week for two days shooting…The production will be based at the Hilton Waikoloa…

 

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America’s Next Top Model for The CW also is filming on Maui and the Big Island…

 

 

 

 


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