JERRY BRUCKHEIMER’S COOLER KINGS PILOT IS A GO ON OAHU

JERRY BRUCKHEIMER’S COOLER KINGS PILOT IS A GO ON OAHU




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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JERRY BRUCKHEIMER


Jerry Bruckheimer‘s/Warner Bros. Cooler Kings pilot for A&E plans to film on Oahu in late September for 15 days, including 12 days of principal photography. A preliminary scout on Oahu is scheduled the end of the month; according to Los Angeles and Hawaii sources preproduction could start Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day. Budget reportedly is just over $2 million…


The challenge for the producers of Cooler Kings and the Soul Surfer feature film will be landing the Hawaii crew they want. Cooler Kings’ executives in Los Angeles have been pro active in contacting several veteran Hawaii production executives and crew, including Grip, Electric, Camera, Props, Wardrobe, Craft Service, Catering, Hair and Make-up to try to lock them down, sources said…Many Hawaii crew would prefer to work with Cooler Kings because it’s a pilot that could lead to an eight-episode seriers on A&E; it has the Jerry Bruckheimer reputation behind it; and filming will be in Honolulu rather than Soul Surfer‘s North Shore and West Oahu locations…

As it now stands, preproduction and film dates for the Cooler Kings pilot and Soul Surfer feature will conflict…ABC’s Lost begins filming its sixth and final season on Aug. 24 with a 2-hour first episode so Hawaii crew numbers will be stretched thin…

Once Cooler Kings’ potential crew commitments are made, producers plan to inform the Soul Surfer team of who they are, sources said….

Some in the Bruckheimer camp believe if the necessary experienced crew on Oahu becomes too thin, Soul Surfer may push its start date to January…But Soul Surfer producer Dutch Hofstetter refutes that possibility. (Read below.)



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Soul Surfer, the Bethany Hamilton bio-drama, has not been pushed to a later start date as several production workers here believe, said Hofstetter, one of three producers on the $9-million film…

“It’s not being pushed at all,” he said. “We intend to be fully cast, have the distribution deal in place..and have no intention of curtailing our five-week-prep with a six-week shoot”…Prep will start “no later than Sept. 16” with filming starting in late October. Soul Surfer producers plan to wrap by Dec. 17 with filming ending by Dec. 10…

Perhaps the biggest Soul Surfer news is that the production has made an offer to 18-year-old Emma Roberts (above) to portray Hamilton, the Kauai surfer who lost her left arm to a shark attack while surfing near Hanalei Bay. Roberts is the niece of actress Julia Roberts and daughter of actor Eric Roberts

The diminutive – 5-foot-2 – actress  has a notable list of films to her credit including Hotel for Dogs for which she was paid $2 million. She’ll also star in the Untitled Nancy Drew Sequel and Rodeo Girl. Roberts currently is filming Valentine’s Day

Producers at first considered Dakota Fanning for the role of Hamilton…”We feel Emma will be a nice marriage between the teen market and Bethany’s own market demo.” Hofsteter said….





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Academy Award-winning director Alexander Payne (above) will direct an adaptation of the family drama novel The Descendants in Hawaii next year. According to Variety, Payne will team again with Fox Searchlight for the film with an as yet unknown cast. Payne worked with the studio for his independent film Sideways (2004). The humorous drama follows a small production that tells the tale of a powerful landowner who takes his two daughters on a journey to search for his wife’s lover in hopes of keeping the family together…



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NEWS FLASH! Production executives actually agree on something! Naw, it’s a set up. With the independent film One Kine Day wrapping this week, film execs were in a playful mood during night shooting at a Waimanalo estate. (L-R) Ricky Johnson, co producer; Angie Laprete, producer; Dave Coennen, assistant director; and producer Torry TukuafuCAPTION CONTEST: If you have a funny caption for the above photo please send it to Reel Hawaii. Be polite and clever…



MORE HAWAII PRODUCTION NEWS: There are several more productions that might be heading to Hawaii. Stay tuned for up to date information later this week!F



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