•July 13, 2009 • 3 Comments

David Twohy and Mark Plummer, APG

The marketing mavens at Universal have decided to move up A PERFECT GETAWAY by one week, from 8/14 to 8/7.  Main reason:  The 14th was always a traffic jam, what with four other wide releases opening the same day.  Sure, they were all different movies, but somebody was bound to cannabilize someone else.

Personally, I think it’s a good chess move.  The PG-13 techno-feast that is G.I. JOE opens that weekend, and to drop a twisty R-rated thriller on top of it could prove good counter-programming.   (Notice I said “could.”  We’ll know for sure soon enough.)   It also gives us a little breathing room before INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS drops on the 8/21.

Keep checking back:  I’ll be posting the APG international release dates soon, as well as bitching about Lionsgate and how they blew THE ARRIVAL Blu-ray release.




•June 27, 2009 • 2 Comments

APG Poster 131K

About 6 weeks away from the release of “A Perfect Getaway.”  Been keeping busy checking the 30-second TV spots that will start running in a few weeks — they range from the exciting to the hackneyed.   But a couple winners in the bunch.

Trailers will play on front of PELHAM, PROPOSAL, BRUNO, among others.  Now if you go to see these movies, you aren’t guaranteed to see the APG trailer, because they give you 30-40-50% “penetration” on these movies.  So you’re chances are probably 50-50 (or less) that you’ll actually see the trailer in any given theater.  But let me know when you do so I can tell if we’re getting the screens we need.


Also busy doing a “Director’s Cut” of APG for DVD market.  I put that in quotes because, since I’m pretty happy with the theatrical cut, this particular version of the movie is really kind of an “Extended Cut” thing:  I’ll probably drop 10 minutes of footage back into the movie.   The theatrical version is rated “R,” and the Director’s Cut will be unrated, as these things usually are.


•May 18, 2009 • 3 Comments

So we’re now locked in to this date. I’ve been looking at trailers that Universal has been sending over.  Always interesting when someone distills your 110-minute movie into 2.5 minutes – and the liberties they take to get the job done.  But I think we finally have a trailer that reflects both the fun and horror of the movie.  Look for the APG trailer on the front of DRAG ME TO HELL, among others.   (You can tell me where else you see it.)

And to Chris Hemsworth:  Good on ya, mate.  Chris played “Kale” for me in A PERFECT GETAWAY, and just this week he landed lead roles in both THOR and RED DAWN, assuming negotiations work out.  You already know Chris as Kirk’s father in the latest STAR TREK.


Chris Hemsworth as Kale, APG


•March 8, 2009 • 6 Comments


So no, the new movie won’t be released March 14 as I’d suggested earlier.  Which is a bad news/good news tale – with an emphasis on the latter.

See, once upon a time, APG was going to be an MGM release, and March 14 was the date that worked for that studio’s release schedule.  But recently Universal saw the movie, liked its upside, and made a successful bid to cherry-pick it away from MGM.  Which is fine by me, since I’ve done two releases with the folks at Uni — PITCH BLACK and RIDDICK.  It’s a good team they have in place, led by Adam Fogelson, and they know their shit.  Waiting a few extra months for them to get their marketing materials together is a small price to pay for having a major like Uni release your movie.      

Anyway, the date that works for Uni schedule is now sometime in August, possibly August 14.  And I’ll even caveat that, if only because movies frequently change release dates these days.  Sometimes it’s a reflection of the movie itself, sometimes it’s simply about the musical chairs that all studios play with their releases.   So don’t get too hung up about it.  I don’t.

Including pix of my two leading ladies, Milla Jovovich and Kiele Sanchez.  Gentlemen, start your engines.





•November 5, 2008 • 6 Comments

Microsoft just upgraded my email service, giving me all kinds of new colors and panes and stuff — but neglected to include the ability to “reply to” a given message.   So blame Bill Gates if you didn’t get a response to your latest query.  

Re “APG,” working on trailers now and eyeing a mid-March release.  Beware that release dates are always provisional with films — another big picture can land on your date, crowd the weekend, and then suddenly you’re eyeing a new date in May.  But March looks pretty solid, at least from the vantage of November. 

The trailer will likely play on the front of MGM’s “Valkyrie,” but I’ll let you know when it’s avail on-line.

And how fucking fantastic was Obama last night?


APG versus AVP

•July 6, 2008 • 12 Comments
On the set of \
On the set of “APG”

Finally back in L.A. after wrapping A PERFECT GETAWAY (henceforth, “APG”). Took 40 days to shoot it, including a couple in Jamaica to cover a critical sea cave sequence. After a 100% stage show like RIDDICK, I wanted to do something outdoors, maybe get to see things like, oh, “the sun” and “seasons.” So I got what I wished for, anyway, since APG wound up being 95% exteriors. I’d forgotten just how much the elements can fuck with you on a shoot like this — you get rain when you need sun, you get sun when you’re creating rain. I know, I know — “Just shoot the sun when you get it, DT, then shoot the real rain whenever you get that.” Well, it ain’t that easy, layfolk, what with actors’ schedules, location avails, and The Master Schedule that needs to be shown at least a modicum of respect.

This is my third week in the editing room. BTW, here’s a heads up for you novice directors: When you first see an editor’s assembly of your movie? Don’t put a .45 slug into your occipital lobe even when you want to. And you will want to. Because little-to-nothing will work in your movie without sound fx and music and a sense of pace. This ain’t a knock on editors; it’s just one of the immutable truths of the universe.

So I don’t watch the assembly. I just dive in on any damn scene I want, honing it, figuring out the VFX needs, trying music against picture, all the while cutting out the fat. And I just build the movie slowly like that. Because really, what’s the point of watching your movie before you can see it on the screen the way you saw it in your head when you shot the damn thing?

Now on to ALIEN VERSUS PREDATOR. Apparently there’s a petition floating around the internet that seeks to draft me as director of the next installment of the series. (It seems my old ALIEN 3 script figures into this master plan, too, in ways that aren’t entirely clear to me.) My reaction is “Hmm.” Flattering? Sure. Realistic? Not so much. See, if I’m going to spend a year of my life (and more if I write it) on the third installment of a science-fiction series, well, why wouldn’t I just do the third installment of my own science-fiction series?

Catch my drift?


•April 27, 2008 • 1 Comment

Well, there’s a reason I haven’t been returning many emails lately, and that’s because I’m bouncing back and forth between Puerto Rico and Hawaii filming A PERFECT GETAWAY.  It’s a twisted little honeymoon thriller that I wrote from scratch.  We’re shooting the movie fast, only 37 days of filming, but that’s how I wanted to try working this time – fewer setups, let the camera roll longer, allow the actors to run a scene from beginning to end without interruption so they can find their groove.  Fortunately I have a cast willing to work fast with me — Milla Jojovich, Steve Zahn, Tim Olyphant, and Kiele Sanchez.  They’re all funny and inventive and pretty amazing to work with.  A loose set is usually a creative set, and that’s clearly the case on A PERFECT GETAWAY. 


More to come.