The follow-up to the 2008 hit! The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist—a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.
DWAYNE JOHNSON (Hank) has solidified himself as a global box office success with gross film revenues in excess of 2.1 billion dollars worldwide.
Born into a family of unique entertainers, Johnson had the opportunity to develop a grass roots understanding of the nuances of live performance as he watched his father and grandfather achieve success in the world of professional wrestling. Johnson later focused his natural athletic abilities on football and received a full scholarship to the University of Miami. He won his first National Championship with the team in 1991 and played again for the National Championship in 1992, closing out his illustrious football career by competing for a third National Championship in 1995 against the University of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
Upon graduation, Johnson turned his passion for entertainment into a life-changing career. Following in the footsteps of his World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame grandfather and father, he developed the iconic character ‘The Rock’ and performed to over 10 million fans a week on television, plus domestic and international live audiences that reached in excess of 70,000. Johnson consistently sold out venues such as the Houston Astrodome, Madison Square Garden and Toronto Sky Dome. He achieved unprecedented success, becoming a New York Times bestselling author for his autobiography, The Rock Says, as well as a platinum recording artist for his WWE compilation CD, performing with such artists as Wyclef Jean. In 2011, Johnson renewed his relationship with the WWE, bringing ‘The Rock’ persona to a new generation of wrestling fans. He was the host of WrestleMania XXVII and the main event for WWE’s November 2011 “Survivor Series” at Madison Square Garden. In April 2012, Johnson will be the star attraction at WrestleMania XXVIII, in his hometown of Miami, Florida.
Johnson transitioned to film as the Scorpion King in the 2001 blockbuster “The Mummy Returns,” leading to his first starring role in “The Scorpion King” in 2002. That success led to subsequent leading roles in “The Rundown,” “Walking Tall” and “Gridiron Gang,” as well as an acclaimed standout performance in the ensemble hit “Be Cool.” He lent his voice to the animated feature “Planet 51,” returned to family comedy in “The Tooth Fairy,” and made his highly anticipated return to action in November 2010 with George Tillman’s feature “Faster.”
Johnson most recently starred in “Fast Five,” the fifth and highest-grossing installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. He will reprise his role as U.S. Special Agent Luke Hobbs later this year on the franchise’s sixth and seventh installments, and in June 2012, will also be seen starring in Jon Chu’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” He recently wrapped production on Ric Roman Waugh’s action thriller “Snitch,” and is set to star in the adventure “Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide,” based on the popular comic book miniseries by John Paul Russ. Additionally, he will produce and star in a biopic of country music star Charlie Pride.
A Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross, Johnson has served on the National Advisory Board for The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the National Spokesperson for After School All-Stars (formerly The Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation). The Giving Back Fund recognized him in 2006 as one of the top 30 celebrities who made the largest public charitable donations and, in 2008, the United States Congress, the Joint Leadership Commission and the United States Congressional Award Foundation recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, given to an individual in the private sector who has contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own contributions, and has set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.
MICHAEL CAINE (Alexander) is a two-time Academy Award® winner, who won his first Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters,” for which he also received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations. He took home his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his role in Lasse Hallström’s “The Cider House Rules,” also winning a Screen Actors Guild Award® and earning Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.
Caine has garnered four Oscar® nominations for Best Actor, the first coming in 1966 for the title role in “Alfie,” for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination and a New York Film Critics Award. He earned his second Oscar® nod, as well as a Golden Globe nomination and an Evening Standard Award, for the part of Milo Tindle in 1972’s “Sleuth,” opposite Laurence Olivier. His role in “Educating Rita” brought him his third Oscar® nomination, as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. He gained his latest Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his work in 2002’s “The Quiet American,” for which he also won a London Film Critics Circle Award.
Caine previously won Golden Globe and London Film Critics Circle Awards and received a BAFTA Award nomination, all for Best Supporting Actor, for “Little Voice.” He won his latest London Film Critics Circle Award for his performance in Christopher Nolan’s period drama “The Prestige.” It was his second film for the director, following their collaboration on the 2005 hit “Batman Begins,” in which Caine played Bruce Wayne’s butler and confidant, Alfred. In 2008 he reprised the role of Alfred in Nolan’s blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” Caine has just finished working with Nolan for the fifth time, recreating the role of Alfred in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Currently, he is working with director Sandra Nettleback on “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” based on the novel La Douceur Assassine by Francoise Dorner.
Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite in South London in 1933 and developed an interest in acting at an early age. Upon his discharge from the Queen’s Royal Regiment and Royal Fusiliers in 1953, he began pursuing his career. Taking his stage name from the title “The Caine Mutiny,” he toured Britain in a variety of plays and began appearing in British films and television shows.
In 1964, Caine landed his first major film role as Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in “Zulu.” The following year, he starred in the hit thriller “The Ipcress File,” earning his first of 37 BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayal of secret agent Harry Palmer. However, it was his Oscar®-nominated performance in the seminal sixties film “Alfie” that catapulted Caine to international stardom. During the late 1960s, he went on to star in 11 films, including “The Ipcress File” sequels, “Funeral in Berlin” and “Billion Dollar Brain”; “Gambit,” earning a Golden Globe nomination; “Hurry Sundown”; “Woman Times Seven”; “Deadfall”; “The Magus”; “The Italian Job”; and “Battle of Britain.”
Over the next two decades, Caine starred in more than 40 films, including Robert Aldrich’s “Too Late the Hero”; “X, Y and Zee,” opposite Elizabeth Taylor; John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King”; “Harry and Walter Go to New York”; Richard Attenborough’s “A Bridge Too Far”; the Neil Simon comedy “California Suite”; Brian De Palma’s “Dressed to Kill”; John Huston’s “Victory”; Sidney Lumet’s “Deathtrap”; Stanley Donen’s “Blame It on Rio”; John Frankenheimer’s “The Holcroft Covenant”; Neil Jordan’s “Mona Lisa”; and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Since then, Caine has starred in such films as “Blood and Wine,” “Quills,” “Miss Congeniality,” and “Austin Powers: Goldmember.” His more recent film work includes Gore Verbinski’s “The Weather Man,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men,” the title role in the independent film “Harry Brown,” and reuniting with Christopher Nolan in the 2010 hit “Inception.” He also lent his voice to Lord Redbrick in “Gnomeo & Juliet.”
Also an author, Caine wrote an autobiography entitled What’s It All About?, as well as Acting on Film, a book based on a series of lectures he gave on BBC Television. His latest memoir, The Elephant to Hollywood, was published to much acclaim in 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. in the United States.
In the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Caine was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.), and eight years later he received a knighthood.
JOSH HUTCHERSON (Sean) is currently shooting the much anticipated film “The Hunger Games,” in which he will portray the role of the beloved Peeta Mellark. “The Hunger Games” is the first film in the popular trilogy based on the novels by Suzanne Collins and will be followed by “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay.” The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks, and is scheduled for release in 2012.
The 18-year-old’s upcoming films also include the independent feature “Detention,” which made its debut at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. Hutcherson also served as executive producer on this film. Additionally, he will be seen in “Red Dawn,” a remake of the 1984 classic about a group of teenagers trying to save their town from foreign soldiers.
This past spring, Hutcherson wrapped production on a documentary short in Cuba with Benicio del Toro as director. It will be part of an omnibus film entitled “Seven Days in Havana,” comprised of seven shorts from seven different directors. Del Toro, in his first venture as a director, follows Hutcherson as he explores the culture of the the island for the first time.
Hutcherson was most recently seen in Lisa Cholodenko’s Academy Award®-nominated feature, “The Kids are All Right. The film, which co-stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a couple negotiating the newfound presence of their children’s sperm donor, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered to rave reviews. It went on to garner the feature film prize at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Teddy Awards, in addition to Screen Actors Guild®, Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globe Award nominations.
Hutcherson’s additional film credits include “The Vampire’s Assistant,” opposite John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek; “Carmel”; “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D,” the first ever high definition 3D live performance feature; “Bridge To Terabithia”; “Winged Creatures”, “Firehouse Dog”; “RV”; “Little Manhattan”; “Zathura”; “Kicking and Screaming”; “Howl’s Moving Castle”; and “The Polar Express.” Hutcherson won Young Artist Awards for Leading Young Actor for his roles in “Zathura” and “Bridge to Terabithia.”
VANESSA HUDGENS (Kailani) began her career in the world of musical theatre at the age of eight, with roles in such productions as “Evita,” “Carousel,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King & I,” “The Music Man,” “Cinderella” and “Damn Yankees,” and most recently appeared as Mimi in a stage production of “Rent” at The Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.
The recognition Hudgens received for her early work quickly brought her to the screen, and she made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen,” starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. Soon thereafter, she co-starred in the action-adventure film “Thunderbirds,” and was a recurring guest star on Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” Her other television credits include appearances on “Quintuplets,” “The Brothers Garcia,” “Still Standing” and “Robbery Homicide Division.”
It was Hudgens’ role in Disney Channel’s breakaway sensation “High School Musical” that garnered the most praise and attention. She played Gabrielle Montez, the sweet girl torn between her attraction to both basketball jock Troy Bolton and the school musical auditions. With critics and fans clamoring for more, Hudgens reprised her role in the highly successful follow ups, “High School Musical 2” and the feature film “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” She then followed up those hits by starring in “Bandslam,” a film which centers around a high school misfit and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their love for music.
Hudgens most recently starred in Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” and in “Beastly,” a modern-day take on Beauty & the Beast. Her upcoming film projects include the Ron Krauss drama “Gimme Shelter,” Scott Walker’s thriller “The Frozen Ground,” with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, and the crime drama “Spring Breakers.”
LUIS GUZMAN (Gabato) currently stars in the second season of the HBO series “How to Make it in America,” executive produced by Mark Wahlberg. He has more than 60 feature films to his credit, most recently appearing with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in “Arthur,” and alongside Denzel Washington and John Travolta in Tony Scott’s “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.” He will next lend his voice to the animated family films “Henry & Me” and “Turbo,” and star in Jee-woon Kim’s action thriller “The Last Stand,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Forest Whitaker.
Guzmán has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® three times, winning for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in 2001 for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s Academy Award®-nominated film “Traffic.” He also received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Soderbergh’s “The Limey.” Guzmán also teamed with the director on “Out of Sight” and “Welcome to Collinwood,” which Soderbergh produced with George Clooney.
He received additional SAG Award® nominations for his performances in two Paul Thomas Anderson films, the critically acclaimed “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights,” and went on to work with Anderson on “Punch Drunk Love.” His collaborations with Brian De Palma include “Snake Eyes,” opposite Nicolas Cage, and the original “Carlito’s Way,”with Al Pacino and Sean Penn. Early in his career he worked with Sidney Lumet, performing in “Family Business,” “Q&A” and “Guilty as Sin.”
His film credits include “Fighting,” opposite Terence Howard and Channing Tatum, and “Maldeamores,” produced by Benicio Del Toro, as well as significant roles in “War,” with Jason Stratham and Jet Li, Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation,” and James Foley’s “Confidence,” with Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman.
Guzmán’s comedy work includes the recent release “Nothing Like the Holidays” and “Waiting,” with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. He also voiced Chucho in the 2008 hit “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and has appeared in Todd Phillips’ “School for Scoundrels,” “Anger Management,” “Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events,” John Badham’s “The Hard Way” and Anthony Minghella’s “Mr. Wonderful.” His dramatic work includes roles in “Dreamer,” Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain,” “True Believer” and Kevin Reynolds’ “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
Born in Puerto Rico, Guzmán grew up in Manhattan. He graduated from City College and worked as a youth counselor at the Henry Street Settlement House while performing in street theater and independent films. Earlier in his career, he made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including “NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order” and HBO’s “Oz.” He also starred in the HBO series “John from Cincinnati.” His first big break was a guest-starring role on the hit series “Miami Vice.”
KRISTIN DAVIS (Liz) most recently reprised her role as the ever-hopeful Charlotte in “Sex and the City 2,” the sequel to the 2008 big-screen hit “Sex and the City,” which was number one at the box office on its opening weekend and grossed over $415 million worldwide. Both films were based on the successful HBO series, in which she also starred.
Davis’ role as Charlotte for six seasons on the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series “Sex and the City” earned her individual Best Supporting Actress nominations for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Davis and her co-stars also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Prior to “Sex and the City,” Davis starred as the devious Brooke Armstrong in the pop culture phenomenon, “Melrose Place.” Her additional television credits include the TNT Original Movie “The Winning Season,” also starring Matthew Modine, as well as guest-starring roles on other iconic shows such as “Will & Grace,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “ER” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Up next, Davis will star in and executive produce “Of Two Minds,” a Lifetime original movie that deals with mental illness. The film chronicles the relationship between a woman (Davis) and her younger sister (Tammy Glanchard), who has schizophrenia.
Additional feature film credits for Davis include the holiday comedy “Deck the Halls,” “The Shaggy Dog” and Robert Rodriguez’s children’s adventure “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.”
Davis has also worked successfully in the theater. In May 2006, she made her London stage debut as Sunny Jacobs in “The Exonerated.” Prior to that, Davis appeared in “Brave New World” and “Land of the Dead,” opposite Paul Rudd.
An active philanthropist, Davis serves as an Oxfam Global Ambassador and participated in the Montreal Millennium Summit as a speaker on their behalf. She has also spoken outside the United Nations in an effort to eradicate poverty and fight for social justice. Davis makes frequent trips to Africa, visiting local communities to gain a better understanding of gender, poverty and environmental issues. She also contributes to wildlife conservation through her work with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an organization in Kenya created to raise orphaned elephants and re-introduce them into the wild. In 2011, she was honored with The Wyler Award, one of the Humane Society of the United States’ most prestigious honors, at the 25th Annual Genesis Awards. Bestowed on a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals, the award was given to Davis in recognition of the attention she has brought to the plight of orphaned African elephants impacted by the increase in elephant poaching for their ivory tusks.
Davis recently gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Rutgers University, and was inducted into their Distinguished Alumni Society
BRAD PEYTON (Director) is a Canadian-born director/writer/producer who established himself with his award-winning short film, “Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl.” After being nominated for a Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama, “Evelyn” caught the attention of Tom Hanks’ company, Playtone, which then hired Peyton to write and direct the animated feature “Spider and the Fly.”
Peyton most recently directed the 2010 3D summer tent-pole comedy “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” with an ensemble starring cast that included Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano and Paul Rodriguez.
In television, Peyton garnered praise for the humorous stop-motion animated series “What It’s Like Being Alone,” that he created, executive produced, and directed. The show featured mutant orphans searching for families, and aired 13 episodes on the CBC in Canada. Peyton is once again partnering with the CBC and is currently co-writing an animated movie-of-the-week titled “Pirates Passage,” with acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland. Most recently, he sold his original animated television series “Dr. Dimensionpants” to Cookie Jar, which has partnered with Teletoon in Canada to distribute. This series is currently in active development with discussion of a 26-episode order.
Peyton is currently developing numerous projects to direct, including his original feature film screenplay “Billy Grimm.”
BEAU FLYNN (Producer) recently announced the formation of his new solo venture, FlynnPictureCo., where he will continue to produce high concept, franchise and genre projects across all media platforms, building on nearly 16 years of producing feature films. Prior to launching FPC, Flynn co-founded production company Contrafilm, in March 2004. Since the company’s inception, Contrafilm has produced films that have earned more than $850 million at the worldwide box office.
Flynn is currently in post production on “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen, scheduled for release in spring of 2012. He also recently completed the remake of “Red Dawn,” starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, slated for summer 2012. In January 2011, Contrafilm premiered the modestly budgeted thriller “The Rite,” starring Anthony Hopkins and directed by Mikael Hafstrom, which grossed $100 million theatrically worldwide and, most recently, the romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?,” starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans.
In summer 2008, Contrafilm produced the adventure hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” starring Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson. The first ever live-action film to be shot in HD 3D, it was the widest digital release in history and grossed over $250 million theatrically worldwide. In the fall of that year, Flynn released the Sundance hit “Choke,” based on the novel by acclaimed author Chuck Palahniuk, starring Sam Rockwell and directed by Clark Gregg.
Previously, Contrafilm produced Scott Derrickson’s “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” which grossed in excess of $150 million globally as well as the first film released under the Contrafilm banner, “After the Sunset,” helmed by Brett Ratner. In 2007, Flynn released the Joel Schumacher thriller “The Number 23,” starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen; and in 2006, Contrafilm released its first CG-animated film, “The Wild,” which grossed over $100 million worldwide. That fall, he also produced “The Guardian,” starring Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner.
Prior to launching Contrafilm, Flynn founded Bandeira Entertainment where he independently produced such critically acclaimed films as “Tigerland,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “The House of Yes,” “The Alarmist,” “Guinevere” and “Johns.” Flynn’s first job in the industry was as Scott Rudin’s first assistant.
TRIPP VINSON (Producer) launched the New Line Cinema-based production company Contrafilm in March 2004, with Beau Flynn. The company boasts a worldwide box-office gross of more than $850 million, with a diverse slate of films including the 2005 sleeper hit “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”; the 2008 groundbreaking hit action adventure “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” which was the first live-action film completely shot in digital 3D; “The Rite,” starring Academy Award® winner Sir Anthony Hopkins; and the CG-animated hit “The Wild,” featuring the voices of Kiefer Sutherland and Jim Belushi.
Among the upcoming releases under the Contrafilm banner are the action comedy “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” starring Academy Award® winner Jeremy Renner, and an update of the cult classic “Red Dawn,” starring Chris Hemsworth, both scheduled for 2012.
Contrafilm is currently in production on the feature “Planet B Boy,” based on the documentary of the same name and starring Josh Holloway and Chris Brown. They are also in active development on several other projects, including the action thriller “The Shadow Runner,” which re-teams them with Chris Hemsworth; “Murder Mystery,” written by Jamie Vanderbilt, about an American couple caught up in the murder of a European media baron; “Bob, The Musical,” about an emotionally repressed man who awakes one day to find he’s living in a musical; and “The Orphanage,” a remake of the Lisa Cholodenko’s thriller.
In August 2011 he created the film and television production company Vinson Films.
Vinson began his career at Jerry Bruckheimer Films where he oversaw such projects as “Enemy of the State” and the blockbuster hit “Armageddon.” He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
CHARLOTTE HUGGINS (Producer), one of the most prolific producers of 3D films in the world, was included in Daily Variety’s prestigious “2008 Women’s Impact List” and was saluted in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital 50,” a group comprised of producers and innovators who distinguished themselves in the realm of new media storytelling.
Huggins was a producer on the worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 2008. Her recent film credits include the documentary “Flight of the Dragon” as well as “Fly Me to the Moon,” a 3D digitally animated film featuring the voice talents of Tim Curry, Nicollette Sheridan, Kelly Ripa, and Christopher Lloyd, with a cameo from Buzz Aldrin. Additionally, she serves as producer on the upcoming dramatic film featuring the world-renowned band Metallica.
Huggins began her career writing and producing documentaries, then went on to serve as story editor and writer for television legend Roy Huggins on the hit NBC TV series “Hunter,” produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions.
Huggins later served as a producer at Boss Film Studios, where she produced national Clio Award-winning commercials for such clients as Magnavox and United Airlines. At Boss, she also produced the main film for the LG pavilion at the World Expo ‘93 in South Korea. She later moved to Sony Pictures Imageworks where she worked on a number of highly successful large format films, including Disney’s 3D theme park attraction “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,” the 3D film “Wings of Courage,” directed by Jean Jacques Annaud.
As one of the founders of nWave Pictures, a Brussels-based digital studio, Huggins held the position of President and Head of Production for 10 years, serving as producer for all of nWave’s productions, including “Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun,” “3D Mania: Encounter in the Third Dimension,” “Alien Adventure (3D),” “Haunted Castle (3D),” SOS Planet (3D),” “Misadventures in 3D” and “Wild Safari 3D.”
She has also held positions on the Boards of Directors of nWave Pictures, the Visual Effects Society and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Huggins is currently a member of the Producers Guild of America, where she serves on the New Media Council Board, on the founding Board of Governors of the International 3D Society, and as an emeritus member of the Writer’s Guild of America West.
BRIAN GUNN and MARK GUNN (Screenplay) are cousins who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the same high school and college, where they launched a sketch comedy troupe and began writing together.
They moved to Los Angeles and landed their first job in entertainment by writing the MTV movie “2gether,” a spoof about a fictional boy band. “2gether” became the first full-length feature film in the history of the network. It also spawned a concert tour, two top-40 albums, with many of the songs written by Brian and Mark, and a weekly television series, created and executive produced by the Gunns, which ran for two seasons on MTV.
Since then the Gunns have transitioned from television into film. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” is the first of their movies in wide theatrical release.
Among their upcoming projects are “The Monster Squad,” a comedy about a group of teens who must save Los Angeles from vampires and werewolves, and “MacGyver,” based on the long-running television series.
RICHARD OUTTEN (Story), a graduate of the USC School of Cinema, earned his MFA in 1984. Over the past 25 years, he has written numerous screenplays for major Hollywood studios, working with a wide range of producers, including Steven Spielberg, Gale Anne Hurd and Peter Guber.
Early in his career, Outten was hired by Academy Award®-winning director Franklin J. Schaffner to work on the script for “Lionheart: The Children’s Crusade,” a historical epic starring Gabriel Byrne and Eric Stoltz, with Francis Coppola serving as executive producer. Outten received a shared screenplay credit with Chris Columbus on “Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland,” an award-winning animated film based on the classic comic strip by Winsor McCay.
A collaboration with Steven Spielberg in the late 1980s resulted in an exclusive writing deal at Warner Bros., after which he penned a number of scripts at Paramount, including the sequel to Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary.”
While his primary focus has been motion pictures, Outten was also a writer on the critically acclaimed and cult favorite Fox series “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” Other television credits include the Starz/Encore! premiere movie “Last Rites,” starring Randy Quaid and Embeth Davidtz.
Richard Outten is a lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America.
RICHARD BRENER (Executive Producer) has been a New Line Cinema veteran for more than a decade, and currently serves as president of production for the company.
During his tenure at New Line, Brener has overseen and served as executive producer on many of the company’s most successful films, including such blockbusters as “Sex and the City,” the “Harold & Kumar” franchise, “Wedding Crashers,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Monster-in-Law” and the “Final Destination” franchise. Other successful films Brener worked on include “The Butterfly Effect” and “Boiler Room.” He most recently executive produced the holiday comedy “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas,” “Horrible Bosses” and “The Rite.” Among his upcoming projects is the comedy “Burt Wonderstone.”
Brener joined the company as a temp in 1995 and rapidly rose through the ranks, from story editor to senior vice president. Over the course of his career, Brener has overseen the studio’s relationships with much of its key talent, including Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and the late Ted Demme.
Born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Brener graduated with a BA in history from Yale University in 1994.
MICHAEL DISCO (Executive Producer), a development executive who has been with New Line Cinema since 2000, currently serves as Vice President of Production for the studio.
Disco most recently served as executive producer on Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve,” as well as “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” the comedy “Horrible Bosses,” the romantic comedy “Going the Distance,” starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, and Garry Marshall’s hit romantic ensemble comedy “Valentine’s Day.”
Previously, he worked as a director of development and creative executive, overseeing and managing the productions of “Fracture,” “Hairspray,” “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Four Christmases” and “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Among Disco’s upcoming projects are Bryan Singer’s epic action adventure “Jack the Giant Killer” and Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages.”
SAMUEL J. BROWN (Executive Producer) has been a development executive with New Line Cinema since 2002 and is currently Vice President of Production for the studio.
Among Brown’s upcoming projects is the Adam Shankman musical “Rock of Ages.” Most recently, he served as executive producer on the romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve,” “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” the comedy “Horrible Bosses,” the 2010 hit romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”
Previously, he worked as a director of development and creative executive, overseeing and managing the productions of “The Last Mimzy,” “Fracture,” “Rush Hour 3,” “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” “Appaloosa” and “Pride and Glory.” Brown began his career at New Line as an assistant in the development department before he was promoted to executive assistant to Toby Emmerich.
MARCUS VISCIDI (Executive Producer) recently produced the romantic comedy “Sex and the City 2,” reuniting Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon on the big screen; as well as “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner; the political thriller “Rendition,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep; and “Pride and Glory,” starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight.
Previously, he produced “The Last Kiss,” starring Zach Braff; “Shopgirl,” the adaptation of Steve Martin’s novel, starring Martin and Claire Danes; and “Wicker Park,” starring Josh Hartnett. He also served as executive producer on William Friedkin’s “The Hunted,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, and on Richard Linklater’s “Bad News Bears,” starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Viscidi earned a 1996 Independent Spirit Award nomination for producing Tom DiCillo’s award-winning independent film “Living in Oblivion,” starring Steve Buscemi, and went on to collaborate with DiCillo on his films “The Real Blonde,” “Double Whammy” and “Box of Moonlight,” starring John Turturro and Sam Rockwell. His additional feature producing credits include John Schlesinger’s “The Next Best Thing,” starring Madonna and Rupert Everett; “Mad Love,” starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O’Donnell; Horton Foote’s “Courtship”; Daniel Petrie’s “Rocket Gibraltar,” starring Burt Lancaster; “Signs of Life,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio; and “Lemon Sky,” the film adaptation of Lanford Wilson’s play, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
For television, Viscidi’s producing credits include the American Playhouse production of Katherine Anne Porter’s “Noon Wine” and Eudora Welty’s “The Wide Net,” as well as the film adaptation of Keith Reddin’s off-Broadway play “Big Time.” In 1998, he produced the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of “Honour,” starring Jane Alexander and Laura Linney.
MICHAEL BOSTICK (Executive Producer), an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning producer, has worked on films that have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide throughout his 20-year career in the entertainment business. Currently, Bostick is the Chief Executive Officer of Walden Media, a privately owned company that specializes in entertainment for the whole family, best known for its award-winning film franchise based on “The Chronicles of Narnia” book series. Overseeing Walden’s slate of feature films, Bostick is currently working on upcoming releases including “Won’t Back Down,” to star Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, “Of Men and Mavericks,” to star Gerard Butler, and “Parental Guidance,” to star Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.
Prior to Walden, Bostick was the producing partner of director Tom Shadyac at Universal Studios-based Shady Acres Entertainment. There he produced a number of hit comedies including “Bruce Almighty,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “Even Almighty” and “Accepted.” Bostick also found, developed, and served as executive producer on the hit ABC television series “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.”
Previously, Bostick was President of Imagine Films, where he was an executive for nearly ten years. There he was most notably responsible for bringing in and supervising two of the most successful films in the company's history: “Apollo 13,” on which he also served as associate producer and which was nominated for nine Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and “Liar Liar,” for which he executive produced. In 1999, Bostick won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Producer’s Guild Award for producing the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.” The show also was honored with awards for Best Mini-Series from both the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Television Critics Association.
Bostick received a Master’s Degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television.
EVAN TURNER (Executive Producer) is Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Walden Media, a company that specializes in entertainment for the entire family. Turner joined Walden in 2001 and has overseen numerous features, including “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Nim’s Island,” “Bandslam,” “City of Ember” and “Holes.” He is responsible for the company’s acquisition of major upcoming projects, including the beloved classic “Berenstain Bears,” and the international property “Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?,” to be produced alongside Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions.
Before joining Walden, Turner began his career in social work, running outdoor leadership programs for the Educational Alliance in New York City. His early work with young adults was his main reason for joining Walden Media and their mission to inspire and educate young people through film.
Turner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University.
DAVID TATTERSALL (Director of Photography) was the cinematographer for director George Lucas’ visually dazzling blockbusters “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”
He is also a frequent collaborator with filmmaker Frank Darabont, having served as cinematographer on the 1999 Oscar®-nominated drama “The Green Mile” and the 2001 romantic drama “The Majestic,” as well as the ABC series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” for which Tattersall’s work earned Emmy Award and American Society of Cinematographers Award nominations. The two most recently teamed on the pilot episode for the acclaimed AMC series “The Walking Dead.”
Tattersall is known for his versatility and expertise in both film and digital photography, which he has brought to such films as Lee Tamahori’s “Die Another Day” and “XXX: State of the Union”; “Con Air”; Martin Campbell’s “Vertical Limit”; “The Day the Earth Stood Still”; Jan De Bont’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”; “Gulliver’s Travels”; “Tooth Fairy”; “The Matador”; “The Hunting Party”; the Wachowskis’ “Speed Racer”; and “Moll Flanders.”
Tattersall graduated Goldsmith’s University of London with a first class Fine Arts Degree. He then studied at Britain’s National Film and Television School, where he specialized in camera and lighting. His student films were highly regarded and included “King’s Christmas,” nominated for the BAFTA Best Short in 1987; “Caprice,” which was selected for the Edinburgh and Milan film festivals; and “Metropolis Apocalypse,” which was shown at Cannes in 1988.
His additional television credits include the British crime series “Yellowthread Street.”
Tattersall is a member of the British Society of Cinematographers.
BILL BOES (Production Designer) grew up in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1970s and studied Film at San Francisco State University.
After three years as a staff toy designer for Lewis Galoob Toys, Boes branched out into small film productions and music videos. Having always made his own films and animation projects as a kid, he was thrilled to be hired as a model maker and then promoted to assistant art director on Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
That collaboration led to work on other Burton films and he subsequently met his mentor, production designer Rich Heinrich. After serving as assistant art director and then art director on several shows, Boes was hired in 1998 as production designer for director Henry Selick’s epic film “Monkeybone.”
His production design credits since then include “Scooby-Doo” and its sequel, “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” as well as “Fantastic Four,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and the 2011 hit comedy “The Smurfs.”
DAVID RENNIE (Editor) graduated from Syracuse University in 1984, where he was one of three final nominees for a National Student A.C.E Editing Award.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1988, he worked as an assistant editor on such films as “While You Were Sleeping,” “Phenomenon” and “Titanic” before getting his first solo editing job on Mike Judge’s cult comedy classic, “Office Space.”
Rennie collaborated with Judge on the director’s second feature, “Idiocracy.” His additional editing credits include the comedies “The Kid,” “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny” and “You Again”; and the action adventures “National Treasure 2: The Book of Secrets” and “Race To Witch Mountain.”
Rennie became a member of A.C.E. in 2005
ANDREW LOCKINGTON (Composer) has been writing music for feature films and television since 1997. His score for 2008’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” received critical acclaim worldwide. He also composed the score for the “City of Ember,” produced by Tom Hanks and starring Tim Robbins, Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan.
Lockington’s other composing credits include the Sundance Film Festival hits “Touch of Pink,” “How She Move” and “Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity,” as well as the Toronto Film Festival favorites “Saint Ralph” and “One Week.” However, it was his ground-breaking orchestral score to director James Isaac’s dramatic thriller “Skinwalkers” in 2006 that opened the door to several big-budget studio films.
In 2008, Lockington was named “Breakthrough Composer of the Year” at the International Film Music Critics Awards. He was also nominated for “Discovery of the Year” at the World Soundtrack Awards, and has since received both the BMI and SOCAN Film Music Awards.
His recent projects include the eclectic score for the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Frankie and Alice,” starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgaard, and Rob Adetuyi’s Inner City parkour dance film “Beat the World.” His most recent scoring assignment, for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” saw him backpacking through the remote jungles of Papua, New Guinea, to research and record ancient tribal drumming.
DENISE WINGATE (Costume Designer) most recently worked on the comedy “Hall Pass,” for directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, and the fantasy romance “Charlie St. Cloud,” starring Zac Efron; as well as director Mark Waters’ romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner; and the action adventure “Live Free or Die Hard,” for director Len Wiseman.
Wingate previously designed for the runaway hit comedy “Wedding Crashers.” Her feature film costume design credits include Sebastian Gutierrez’s thriller “Rise,” “The Sweetest Thing,” “Radio,” “Novocaine,” “Blue Streak,” “Judas Kiss,” “The Last Time I Committed Suicide” and the hit teen comedies “Cinderella Story,” “Cruel Intentions” 1 and 2 and “She’s All That.”
She is currently re-teaming with the Farrelly brothers on the highly anticipated comedy “The Three Stooges,” set for an April 2012 release.
A Southern California native, Wingate began her career designing costumes and touring with new wave headliners The Bangles, before segueing into television with work on such popular series as “Melrose Place” and “Models, Inc.”
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