By: John M Jerva
Director Daniel Zirilli is moving around the speed of light as the veteran filmmaker has a slew of projects coming up this year in the form of Hollow Point and Invincible which is on the top of my must see lists. Zirilli has added some massive firepower to help him make the kind of films he wants to and Shogun Films is backing him up big time.
New and exciting info just dropped this week courtesy of The Hollywood News in that Zirilli has united with Shogun Films to develop high-octane action films with a pair already in development.
Per the site: Renegades is a gritty, urban revenge movie set in London which sees a group of aging special forces vets seek revenge on the Albanian drug gang which murdered their old Green Beret comrade in cold blood. Written by Tom Joliffe, casting is currently underway with Ian Ogilvy (We Still Kill The Old Way), Lee Majors (The Fall Guy, Ash Vs The Evil Dead) and Billy Murray (Rise of the Footsoldier) already on board for principal photography in 2020, on location in the UK. Zirilli commented “Renegades is exactly the type of film I was built to make, high-stakes drama in action with heart and wonderful characterisations. Now that Shogun Films are backing me, we will be shooting Renegades in the streets of London with some legendary actors. It’s a dream come true.”
Another exciting project on the horizon is Assault On Hazard Rock which is a love letter to the classic action films of the 80s as a fearsome drug cartel descend on the sleepy California retirement home Hazard Rock to settle an old score and expose the US government’s darkest secrets… but Hazard Rock isn’t just any retirement home, it’s a retirement home for mercenaries. Based on a concept by cult filmmaker and distributor David Gregory (Severin Films), Assault on Hazard Rockhas been written by Adam Stephen Kelly (Nemesis). Shogun is hoping to make the film before the end of the year. Zirilli notes “As soon as I read the hook for Hazard Rock I was IN. Just imagine trying to knock over an old folks home, but inside its full of old bad-ass killers who are bored and looking for action. This movie will be a crowd pleaser!”
Another pic to be helmed by Zirilli in the future us the action film
Shogun Films is also really pulling out the stops to help proNorge these films for distribution which includes ”glossy, high quality companion books, featuring the scripts, cast and crew interviews and details of the production journeys, lavishly illustrated in full colour. The books will be published by Cinexploits in the USA. In addition, soundtrack albums for each film will be available both digitally and as exclusive limited edition collectors edition CDs.”
Zirilli has an impressive resume already with films like The Asian Connection and the afore mentioned Invincible and Hollow Point so these next wave of films should really be a welcome addition to the genre. Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal, Vinnie Jones, Luke Goss, Michael Jai White and Michael Pare have all worked the action maestro and he has helmed and produced over 50 films so the future is certainly bright with more to follow!
The site also mentions that a third film is in the works which is tentatively called Backlash but that film is in the early stages of development.
Keep it locked and loaded right here for more to come from Zirilli and Shogun Films!