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"Payne & Redemption seems very ambitious and impressive. Good luck with your project! Looking forward to seeing it." - Sam Lake, creator of Max Payne & writer of the Max Payne videogames.

A friendly note from your unfriendly EP... 
Monday, February 27, 2006, 01:50 PM
Hello,

Luke Morgan-Rowe here, or as I like to be called "Mr Executive Producer, SIR" - yes indeed, your over weight exec prod - the only difference between that and just producer, is that I get to wear a suit.

So I thought I'd do a quick run down on where we are at the moment, and give a quick summary of some of the people who have reluctantly become entrapped in this process of film making:

Writer & Director - Fergle "Surg" Gibson. Well, if only you knew... Oh, ok I'll give you a bit. Having sat in with him whilst he's been writing this script, I have officially been able to submit a new definition of "perfectionist" to the OED. I have quite often been concerned about the possibility of stroking out whilst he racks his mind for another word for 'cat' (feline, cheetah, mog etc) before settling on 'cat'. He comes up with more ideas than a think-tank on speed, and I find myself nodding illusively more often than George W's advisors sitting through a 'how to deal with the middle east' symposium. One day, we might actually make this film, but that'll only be when Harry Enfield ties him to a chair and shouts "Oi, Director, NOOOOO!". He's like all the bad parts of Kubrick, Allen & Kilmer combined in an unfortunate pseudo-robot programmed with Larry David's personality, but the worrying thing is that he's actually rather good, and MP fans are in for one hell of a film.

Max Payne - We have cast a man, Nigel "Nigel Ben Paul Billing" Billing. That's all you're getting, because it's a surprise.

The Femme Fatale - Kylie "The Cush" Cushman is a tall, blonde, very talented and stunning actress who perfectly fills the boots of your traditional noir femme fatale.

The Baddie - John "Ming" Mangan is a true gem - he's immensely experienced, and we're very fortunate to have him involved. He has that presence, that dark, brooding presence which will I have no doubt make a most devilish villain.

(2) Other interesting nibblets:

The rate-limiting step thus far has been the set - we're still debating the various options, and thus we have yet to confirm a location, much to the chagrin of everyone involved - I would apologise, but I won't because we need to get this exactly right. Dewi "Riggs" Morgan, our production assistant, or as he likes to be called "The Reluctant Help" has been truly invaluable and hopefully, following a discussion with him this weekend, we should be able to confirm stuff - but don't hold your breath...

That's enough from me for now - I'll be keeping you up-to-date with news from my end as we progress. Oh, and no, you can't have a picture of Nigel.

Luke "Jeff Garlin" Morgan-Rowe.




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In response to recent questions... 
Monday, February 27, 2006, 09:22 AM
... here are the answers;

Q: What exactly did John [Mangan] do that creeps you out?
A: It's definitely the hand jewellery.

Q: Will there be any bullet-time?
A: That is something everyone will have to wait to find out. :)

Q: How long is it going to take [until the film comes out]?
A: Providing there aren't too many bumps along the road, we hope to release the film in the summer, this year.

Q: I don't know John Mangan but in my opinion, the best actor
for this role would have been David Duchovny.

A: John Mangan is playing the antagonist of the story (i.e., the villain), not the protagonist.
That's all for now, folks!

FG.
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Payne & Redemption blog goes online... 
Thursday, February 23, 2006, 03:31 PM
Hello all!

This is Fergle Gibson, writer and director of the new independent film, Max Payne: Payne & Redemption.

I forget who suggested getting a blog, but it was probably one of the most sensible ideas someone had come up with since they elected Arnold as Governor.

Anyway, you probably want some news, right?

The last few weeks have been spent furiously searching for an actor to play the main antagonist in Payne & Redemption. Last weekend, we officially cast John Mangan in the role, replacing John Ramirez, who unfortunately had to withdraw due to personal reasons. John Mangan is a very talented, professional actor, who we are extremely happy to have on board - and most importantly, he creeps the hell out of us!

Stay tuned,

FG.
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