Sometimes you just gotta love Twitter! A few days ago, along with the help of Mischa fan Xavi, I noticed writer Ben Trebilcook bring up Mischa’s name in conjunction with a new movie project that we hadn’t heard about called Knockout. I thought I’d try my luck and contact Ben, to see if I could get a few details on the project, thinking that I’d either get no reply or just a few words. Amazingly, Ben replied with a vast amount of information regarding the project so here is the Q&A that came about:
Big thanks to writer/producer Ben Trebilcook for being so generous with his time! And if you’d like to stay updated on the project, follow Ben Trebilcook on Twitter.
I recently caught up with writer / producer Ben Trebilcook to discuss his upcoming new movie ‘Knockout’, a quirky martial arts thriller, to be shot in the US early 2014. A few months ago, it was globally reported that Ben was writing ‘Die Hardest’, the sixth and possibly last movie in the ‘Die Hard’ franchise.
Sam: Hi Ben, can you tell us a little about the plot and characters in your movie ‘Knockout’?
Ben Trebilcook: Hi Sam. The film is about a young woman, (Charlie), distraught from witnessing the murder of her parents as a child, develops her own unique martial art by playing video games. It’s because of this she suddenly finds herself embroiled in the world of underground fighting.
The film features a host of great martial arts and fight talent from around the world, including UFC and MMA stars and also the UK’s own Zara Phythian, who plays ‘Charlie’. Charlie lost her parents when she was young and ended up in foster care, shutting the rest of the world out by playing video games, eventually forming her own quirky martial art. When she’s 18, Charlie is living in a dirty, noisy and very dangerous hostel. It gets too much for her and she runs away.
This is when she meets ‘Danielle’, to be played by Mischa Barton.
Sam: How did you get Mischa involved?
Ben Trebilcook: A few years back, I wrote a script for Mischa, which her mother, Nuala and I were going to produce together. It was a big spy film, like a female James Bond. Finance talks fell apart and we all moved on to other projects. There was a lot of interest in ‘Knockout’ and it soon took center stage. The first person I thought to play the other female lead was Mischa, so I got in back touch with her mom and went from there.
Sam: What can you tell us about the character Mischa plays?
Ben Trebilcook: She plays ‘Danielle Kaffee’, a nurse. We first see her in complete distress. A little drunk and being harassed by several guys in a very eerie part of town. She fends off a couple and, well, if you’ve been out late to a bar, are tired, have had a bit to drink, you’re going to be disorientated and certainly won’t be on top-form. Anyway, Zara Phythian’s character, Charlie, appears and helps her out considerably. Mischa’s Danielle, being the caring character she is, offers to clean up this oddball, dirty homeless looking girl and a place to stay, however, Danielle’s boyfriend turns up and, let’s just say he owes a lot of money to a local gangster and sees Charlie’s fighting skills a means to an end.
Sam: So, does Mischa get to fight in the movie?
Ben Trebilcook: There’s definitely some scenes which would require Mischa’s character to protect herself! Danielle isn’t keen on the idea of Charlie being used and doesn’t feel comfortable in the environments she finds herself in. The fights are in unusual places and the fighters are match them.
Sam: Can you tell us anything about the fighters?
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movie. I think they’ve got the wrong girl, because Miesha is so brilliant and looks amazing on film. We’ve got Kyle Kingsbury, another UFC star and I’m on the look out for a massive, Hulk of a brute. Perhaps a bodybuilder. Someone ridiculously huge and scary. I’ve brought in a British guy called Neil Fingleton, who is one of Europe’s tallest men. He’ll fight Zara and Mischa.
Sam: Who have you got playing Mischa Barton’s boyfriend in the movie?
Ben Trebilcook: Actually, that role hasn’t been cast yet. He’ll be in his twenties and called ‘Frank’. It was going to be Sean Brosnan, but he pulled out. I don’t know. I’m sure fans of your website would come up with someone.
Sam: And lastly, on your Twitter, when talking about the movie, you hashtag #PressStartToFight what does this mean?
Ben Trebilcook: Ha, it’s a reference to how Zara’s character, Charlie, views her opponents. When she’s about to fight, she sees it all as a video game and obviously, in games, you sometimes have text on screen saying Press Start To Fight. It’s also a cool line Mischa Barton would say in the script, telling Zara to do just that.
Sam: There’s no confirmed shooting or release date yet for the movie, but we’ll keep you posted on any updates. Ben can be found on www.twitter.com/BenTrebilcook
We have had a slew of production announcements featuring Mischa this week, and today is no different. IMDb has added a new movie to Mischa’s page called “Beyond Justice.” Last week there were some Twitter reports that Mischa was on set filming scenes for a movie also starring Danny Trejo – at the time I assumed these were maybe re-shoots for “L.A. Slasher” which they also both star in. But it now turns out it’s a separate film entirely. There’s not a lot of information on this movie that I can find out there, other than the listed genre which is action/thriller. Hopefully more info surfaces soon.
ET Online reports:
July 11, 2013
Billy Zane and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in Mining For Ruby, ETonline has exclusively learned.
The film follows Jack (played by Daniel Ponickly), a widower who falls for Ruby (played by Antoinette Kalaj), a passionate environmental hydrology grad student with a troubled past, who is embroiled in a poisonous waste controversy.
Mining For Ruby, written by Daniel Ponickly and directed by Zoe Quist, will shoot in Los Angeles and Alaska.
Thanks to Chris for the tip!
According to Dread, the movie is expected to shoot from early-September in Northeast Pennsylvania with an anticipated release date of Summer 2014.
Here is the synopsis from the website:
The town of Elwood is a small, rural collection of color-ful characters, run by “The Mayor”, an elderly man whose wife seems to control the wealth of the town. “Doc” is a holdover of those country doctors that still make house calls, although for some reason, his calls are sometimes greeted with fear.
Seiler, a war veteran trains a group of 20 something’s in paintball skirmish strategy as a practice for real weapon and militia training. It is an eclectic team of young men and women with Brody seeing potential in trainee Ian Sommers.
The town is enclosed wide fencing that stretches miles around its perimeter. What lies beyond the fence is something awful, in the deep forests surrounding the town.
Households have their well water tested regularly as Doc searches for a bacterial contamination. If found, the homeowners are given a choice of death or “eviction” which is exile into the wilderness around Elwood.
The rural community of Elwood is fenced off from the outside world in the wake of an apparent plague. Humans die but keep moving & shamble the landscape looking to spread their infection in a grisly, horrific way. The community is guarded by a band of young people raised since children to be military combatants. Under the leadership of vet Seiler (Billy Zane), they are known by the community as “Zombie Killers” a negative term used behind their backs.
Ian Sommers tends to his dying mother Sharon (Dee Wallace) while having a semblance of normal life with girlfriend Nikki (Gabrielle Stone). The town is under the care of “Doc”, a stoic man who believes in keeping the residents
Rory and his young wife Toni (Mischa Barton) search for a reason behind the plague while Seiler and his Young soldiers discover something far worse coming For Elwood. Something that may target them or put them in the way of an “Elephant’s Graveyard” and Hell.
And here is early poster/artwork also via Dread Central.
If you’re in New York, make sure to head out this Friday night to support Mischa’s latest movie co-starring Ryan Eggold – I Will Follow You Into the Dark.
Release dates are still being finalized with distributors but hopefully some solid news will be out soon. In the meantime, check out the trailer.
Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards.
Dilip’s long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson.
As Eva and Motwani endeavour to delve deeper into Carbide’s activities, Dilip is using every resource necessary to pay and plan for his sister’s wedding. When the wedding night arrives the family are full of joy and celebration as two families
join together as one. But as the music plays an invisible catastrophe is working its way throughout the town and wedding party. One by one the guests start to feel unwell the largest tower at the Carbide plant spews poisonous gas into the night air; one by one they collapse; and one by one they unknowingly become a statistic in the world’s largest chemical disaster to date.
Nearly thirty years later as the plant stands as a ghost-like constant reminder, the water in Bhopal is still contaminated and one person a day dies as a direct result of the tragedy, Eva visits the now retired Anderson. Will he finally bow down and apologise? Or will he continue to deny that Carbide had any part to play…?
The husky voiced actress spoke by phone about her newest project, in which she also serves as an associate producer, working with her lovable late co-star Michael Clarke Duncan, in what turned out to be his final film role and what’s ahead.
Are you drawn to the horror genre?
Not really. This one was the reason that I watched horror movies to begin with. The first film I was in that would be called a scary movie was The Sixth Sense, and then it was on to other types of films, except for maybe (2009’s suspense horror) Homecoming. This is for me, the first one that prompted me to watch the classics. It got me watching Rosemary’s Baby and The Amityville Horror, the ‘70s one. I like those a lot. It’s what influenced me to want to do a piece like this.
You’re an associate producer on this. What did that responsibility entail for you?
It was very much like a family project. It was like everybody wanted to be really involved. (Co-stars) Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa got on board and we found J. Michael (Trautmann). I think he’s fantastic and awesome. It was about finding the right creepy boy. He was the right boy with the right look to play this character that will keep you guessing. It was a couple of years ago that we shot this, so I’m happy that it’s coming out now. We shot it in 20 days. It wasn’t a huge budget. I think that’s probably better, especially in this genre. A lot of people spend a lot of money on CGI, and making things scary and it doesn’t always work. For this one, it was a straightforward script about a disturbed boy, and I think it turned out quite well considering (the budget) we had to work with.
Source: Static Multimedia
Thanks to Caleb for the tip!
Wondering what happened to Mischa Barton? She’s currently working with a Jonas brother.
The 27-year-old British-Irish actress rose to fame playing Marissa Cooper on the teen drama series “The O.C.” After the show ended in 2007 after four seasons, the actress went on to star in the short-lived show “The Beautiful Life,” which depicted the life of fashion models and was produced by Ashton Kutcher.
She then dropped off the TV radar for a bit, appearing mostly in indie films. She also launched a fashion line in her native London and starred in Oasis musician Noel Gallagher’s 2012 music video, “Everybody’s On the Run.”
OTRC.com caught up with Barton at the 2013 BritWeek Los Angeles event on Tuesday, April 23. She talked about her acting career and said she is currently working on three new projects, including a “half-animated piece” called “Gutsy Frog” with 12-year-old Frankie Jonas, the Jonas Brothers’ youngest sibling. He appeared with his three brothers in the Disney Channel show “Jonas L.A..”
“He’s really sweet as the lead boy,” Barton said about her co-star.
“Gutsy Frog” is a half live-action, half-animated pilot that is a remake of a Japanese cartoon. Actress Julie Brown said on her official Facebook fan page that it depicts “a kid with a frog stuck on his tee shirt and he can’t get it off.” She said she is playing Frankie’s teacher and Barton is portraying his mother.
Barton told OTRC.com that she is also currently working on a British movie called “For Hire,” which focuses on a father and hitman, as well as “Dirty Money,” which she said is “like a heist film.”
Barton wore a frilly, cream-colored maxi dress with a black ribbon to the BritWeek event and also sported a large ring on her ring finger on her right hand. She also wore it at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend and sparked engagement rumors — that she later denied — after paparazzi photos of her were posted on websites such as PerezHilton. She attended the event with boyfriend Sebastian Knapp, who is also British.
Source: On the Red Carpet