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Alec Baldwin and Rust Producers Release Film Ex-Supercell – The Hollywood Reporter


While he is renewing his own personal storm RustAlec Baldwin disaster movie Supercell It hit Video on Demand and opened in a few independent cinemas with little fanfare over the weekend of March 17-19. A star like Baldwin could be a distributor’s biggest asset in the cash-strapped indie world as marketing money evaporates quickly. However, in this case, Baldwin didn’t do any press for the movie (he just posted about it on Instagram).

the CycloneThe lavish film is notable for representing an earlier collaboration between Baldwin and several of his later producers. Rust, in which Baldwin accidentally fires a prop gun that ultimately kills cinematographer Helena Hutchins, sparking widespread debates about the specific safety practices and business practices of independent films. Baldwin faces a manslaughter charge due to his involvement in the fatal shooting. (Baldwin pleaded not guilty.)

Supercell It is being released in the United States by Saban Films, which acquired domestic rights to the film prior to Hutchins’ death in October 2021. Saban has developed a tried and true business model that focuses on digital rentals and sales, versus a traditional theatrical release. For the most part, distributor relies on smaller indie houses wanting to play a title that is being made available at the same time in homes.

Supercell, for example, opened in only 20 theaters, according to a source with access to Comscore data. This included Laemmle Glendale in the greater Los Angeles area and Cinema Village 3 in Manhattan. The film took in $6,840 in the March 17-19 window, according to Comscore. This figure doesn’t surprise box office analysts, given its low profile on the big screen.

Conversely Supercell It quickly reaches No. 7 on the iTunes movie rental chart. Saban, like other independent distributors and major Hollywood studios, does not disclose VOD earnings, however SupercellThe iTunes rating on iTunes is remarkable.

Directed and co-written by Herbert James Winterstern in his debut, Supercell It follows teenager William (Daniel Diemer), who runs away from home as he grows interested in the weather phenomena that took the life of his father, the famous storm chaser. William joins his father’s old friend Roy (Skeet Ulrich) and greedy tour company owner Zane (Baldwin) in their quest to learn more about his father, as a nasty storm hits them both. In one of her final performances before her death in a car crash in August, Anne Heche played William’s mother, a scientist whose husband’s death prompts her to abandon the profession.

In January, Baldwin was officially charged as an actor and producer Rust After the shooting, though Baldwin’s charges have since been reduced, he faces a maximum of 18 months in prison. the Rust The filmmakers said they’re moving forward with finishing the movie, and plan to begin production in Montana this spring with Baldwin as well as a host of new and old crew members. Hutchins’ widow, Matthew Hutchins, serves as executive producer.

While Baldwin was quiet during SupercellWhen the project became available to buyers in the Cannes market in June 2021, he spoke to him Hollywood Reporter He expressed his delight in trying to pull off a picture that looked bigger than its budget might suggest. “I haven’t run across a field trying to chase the sun for so long,” he said. “They don’t have the money for a lot of effects, this isn’t a Spielberg production. They have to find ways to emulate it and deliver it at a low cost, and they did. We’d say ‘work’ and get out of this truck and oh my God, they were blowing this stuff on us like you can’t believe.” that “.

Aside from Baldwin, there is quite a bit of crossover between the two films. Actor Anjul Nigam (instinct anatomy), a producer alike who has since launched a woodcut called Persona Entertainment in partnership with Baldwin to pursue more projects together, has a role in Supercell. Producers and Executive Producers with whom they were involved Rust Include Ryan Winterstern (Brother Supercell director), Nathan Klinger, Allen Cheney, and Ryan Donnell Smith. Line Producer Gabriel Bickle and Unit Production Director Ryan Dennett Smith also continued to operate at the same capacities on the Rust.

Central release Supercellmany of its producers, who are following Rust The tragedy has come under scrutiny for their business practices, and has resurfaced on social media. Cheney and Donnell Smith – Their previous movie together The rise of the tiger Crew members, vendors and unions upset by delayed payments have reposted their briefly privatized Instagram feeds, including travel posts featuring private jets. Emily Salveson (also an executive producer on Tiger, Supercell And Rust, as well as Smith’s business partner in the disputed film financing company) to Instagram. “Jet set or jet set?” She captioned a photo of herself sitting smiling in a cubicle next to Smith. Cheney, Donnell Smith and Salvason declined to comment. the next THRInquiries, Cheney and Salveson’s Instagram accounts have been turned into privacy again.

Rotten Tomatoes presents a split verdict of Supercell. The Tomatometer for its professional critics currently scores a score of 50 percent, based on 12 reviews. (the Los Angeles Timesnoting the “truly stunning storm effects” and “thrilling vintage score”, Supercell “It feels like a cheaper but in some ways a truer version of a ’90s blockbuster.”) Meanwhile, the audience score is 93 percent. The dozens of perfect five-star reviews seem to have been generated by accounts whose user profiles have not previously submitted any other reviews to the site. Rotten Tomatoes You Won’t Talk To SupercellAudience representatives for the film declined to comment.

Pamela McClintock contributed reporting.

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