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Some Already Released Films and Movies
The films listed here were were made by Latter-day Saint filmmakers in key creative roles (as director, writer, producer, film editor, actor in a starring role, director of photography and/or composer) or were about Latter-day Saint characters. In most cases, the films about Latter-day Saint characters were also made by Latter-day Saint filmmakers in at least creative role.
by and/or about Latter-day Saints
This page is not a comprehensive list of all films made by and/or about Latter-day Saints. This page simply features an archive of the listings which previously appeared on this site's "Upcoming Films" list. These films have already been released, and their listings have thus been removed from the "Upcoming Films" list. We have archived these lisings here because they contain useful information (such as plot synopses, key cast and crew information, and information about production dates, release dates, distributor, etc. We frequently communicate directly with the director or producer of these films, and these listings often contain useful details which can not be found elsewhere on our website (or anywhere else).
For some already released films we have created an entire dedicated page (or collection of pages). Such pages contain many more details than we include in the brief listings found here. For a directory to these film archives see: Index to Film Pages on this Website.
Already Released Films about Latter-day Saint Characters (most were also made by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers):
- The Alibi: Main character (played by Steve Coogan) crosses paths with a high-minded assassin who calls himself "The Mormon." Enci plays a "Mormon wife" in this movie, which was filmed in Los Angeles. Starring Steve Coogan, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Selma Blair, James Brolin, Sam Elliott, John Leguizamo, James Marsden, Jerry O'Connell. Plot: Ray runs an alibi service for men and women who want to spend a little quality time away from their so-called loved ones. Business is booming and Ray's life couldn't be better if it weren't for Wendell Hatch (James Marsden), the pampered son of Rays biggest client, who sneaked away to Napa for the weekend before his wedding and accidentally strangled his date-mind you, not his fiancee. Suddenly Ray's an accessory to murder, featured on the most wanted lists of a savvy small-town cop, a heart broken chauffeur hungry for revenge, and a high-minded assassin who call himself THE MORMON. With the help of Lola (Rebecca Romijn Stamos), his sexy, fast-talking right-hand woman, Ray must mastermind one final con that will clear his name of murder and put the ghosts from his past to rest, once and for all. DVD release December 2006.
- Bonneville:Touching and funny movie about three Mormon women on a road trip to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter. Stars three major film actresses: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Joan Allen. View the trailer on YouTube and a clip of Joan Allen talking about playing a Mormon woman at Bonneville and Joan Allen. Directed by Christopher N. Rowley; written by Daniel D. Davis. Linited release Feb 29, 2008.
- Confessions of a Hot Roddin', Pinstripin', Kustomizin', Teenage Icon: feature-length documentary about Latter-day Saint artist Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (a convert to the Church), who gained fame for his sculpted custom cars - "The Beatnik Bandit", "Mysterion" and "The Outlaw" - and his cast of eyepopping cartoon characters (including "Rat Fink"); film made by non-LDS filmmaker Ron Mann; Summer 2005 release. Film Festivals in 2007 include: Bradford Film Festival in East Lansing, MI March 9-24, 2007, East Lancing Film Festival Mar 23-29, 2007, and Singapore International Film Festival April 18-20, 2007.
- Everybody Wants to Be Italian: Screenplay and Direction by Jason Todd Ipson. Producers Jaime Burke and James Huntsman. The cast includes Jay Jablonski, Cerina Vincent, John Kapelos, John Enos III, Marisa Petroro. Synopsis: Jake's spent the past eight years focusing on one thing: winning back his ex-girlfriend. Problem is, she's happily married and has three kids. Fed up with his refusal to move on, his buddies set him up on a blind date with an Italian woman. Knowing that an Italian from Boston's North End will never date a non-Italian, they set about teaching Jake how to fake it. SHOT ON LOCATION IN BOSTON AND LOS ANGELES; AN ASGAARD ENTERTAINMENT PRODCUTION; THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE September 5, 2008.
- Falling: Richard Dutcher's latest drama/suspense feature-film "Falling" is complete as of April 2007. Dutcher stars in it along with
Virginia Reece ("50 First Dates"). He also wrote, directed, and is the editor. Dutcher describes it as his most personal film to date. It tells the story of Eric Boyle, who captures a brutal gang murder on tape. The killers pull Eric into their violent world as they attack anyone with a connection to the incriminating footage. Film festival releases are planned for 2007. Theatrical release January 18, 2008.
- Georgia Rule: Written by LDS screenwriter, Mark Andrus, "Gerogia Rule" features LDS main characters, and is set in a predominantly LDS town in Idaho. Directed by: Garry Marshall. The movie gets its title from one Georgia (Jane Fonda), a grandmother who looks far too hip to live in the (fictitious) town of Hull, Idaho, a woman who has a few simple but rigid rules she enforces on the guests who stay in her modest home. When her rebellious granddaughter, Rachel (Lindsay Lohan), arrives kicking, screaming, and worst of all using the Lord's name in vain, she is prompted to wash her mouth out with soap. Rachel has been dragged from her San Francisco digs by her mother Lily (Felicity Huffman), a friend of the bottle who is in no good graces with her own mother. Georgia is seen as the one person who might instill some decency in the hellfire of a daughter; to put the lass to work in this small Mormon town where she gets to assist the local veterinarian, Simon (Dermot Mulroney) and latches onto to a properly religious farm boy, Harlan (Garrett Hedlund). Opens: May 11, 2007.
- Iron Man: Directed by Jon Favreau. Written by Arthur Marcum, Matt Holloway, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Based on characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Denny O'Neil and Luke McDonnell. None of the principle filmmakers or creators of this movie are Latter-day Saints as far as we know, but the "main character" is: Jeff Bridges stars as Obadiah Stane (also known as "Iron Monger"), a brilliant engineer, businessman and industrialist whose ambitious goals are hampered by his chief rival - a narcissistic, emotionally unstable alcoholic named Tony Stark ("Iron Man"). Although not overtly identified as such in this feature film adaptation, Obadiah Stane is an ethnic Mormon who (according to the Marvel comics in which he first appeared) was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah - where (as a successful adult) he established the worldwide headquarters of his multinational company. Principle non-LDS supporting characters are played by Robert Downey Jr. (Stark), Terrence Howard ("Jim Rhodes"), Gwyneth Paltrow ("Pepper Potts") and Samuel L. Jackson ("Nick Fury").
- Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration: Biopic about the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the man commissioned with the task of restoring the Christianity of the New Testament to the modern world; produced by the institutional Church; directed by Gary Cook and T.C. Christensen; screenplay by Cook; cinematography by Christensen; starring Dustin Harding as "Joseph Smith", Tayva Patch ("Brigham City", "Little Secrets", "Out of Step") as "Lucy" (Joseph's mother), Rick Macy ("Brigham City", "Message in a Cell Phone", "Out of Step", "Little Secrets") as "Joseph Smith Sr."; produced by Ron Munns; line producer Steven A. Lee; production design by Roger Crandall and Richard Jamison; costume design by Shari Ohman. The Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and Church composers Merrill Jenson and Arlen Card combined their talents for the film's soundtrack. The film was released December 17, 2005, in the Legacy Theater at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, as part of the Church's commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. It will be translated into multiple languages and, at some point, released nationally into theaters. The film can now be seen at selected Temple Visitors' Centers.
- Mormonsploitation!:December 2005, New York City's Pioneer Theater presents the first ever retrospective of MORMONSPLOITATION! A quick overview of some of the Mormons' crazy and dangerous ideas, as well as some of the goofy characters the LDS community has brought forth into the celluloid world! "Peluca," the precursor to NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, also directed by Jared Hess and starring Jon Heder, will precede select screenings. Sweet! See dates and more information on each of 8 films on MORMONSPLOITATION! main page:www.twoboots.com/pioneer/mormonsploitation.htm Movies include: Trapped by the Mormons 2005 and 1922 versions, All Dolled Up, Primer 2004, New York Doll 2005, Wagon Master 1950, A Mormon Maid 1917, and The Mormon Church Explains It All to You with a classic collection of Mormon movies by fabled film collector Dennis Nyback: Man’s Search for Happiness 1964, Cipher in the Snow 1973, The Mailbox 1977, and How Do I Love Thee 1965. Mormonsploitation! season tickets: $52 for all eight movies.
- September Dawn: Indie Western written and directed by Christopher Cain, the father of actor Dean Cain. A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor.Jon Voight (Oscar winner “Coming Home”) plays the leader of the renegade Mormon faction, while Lolita Davidovich (“Hollywood Homicide” “Dark Blue”) is a member of the wagon train who stands up to Voight’s threats. Also Dean Cain as Joseph Smith and Terence Stamp as Brigham Young. (No known Latter-day Saint filmmakers or stars.) Release Date August 24, 2007.
- The Spirithunter: Bro. David Weidner's feature film debut (he is writer/producer/director/editor); no Latter-day Saint characters, but clear Latter-day Saint beliefs in the film's afterlife themes; plot: A recently deceased man wakes up to find his memory erased. He must discover the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his death, while keeping ahead of an unstoppable supernatural force determined to collect his soul; Budget: $100,000; debuted 13 May 2004 at Cannes Film Festival. Video/DVD release is pending.
- States of Grace:: Tagline: Beyond Faith, Beyond Reason, Beyond Experience. Sequel to "God's Army" written and directed by Richard Dutcher; produced by Richard Dutcher, Dan Urness, Stin Hansen, and Jeff Chamberlain; shot in Los Angeles; cinematography by Ken Glassing ("God's Army" "Brigham City"); starring Ignacio Serricchio ("General Hospital") in the central part as a Hispanic missionary in Los Angeles; also starring Lucas Fleisher, Rachel Emmers ("Sons of Provo", "Out of Step"), Lamont Stephens and Jo-sei Ikeda. Funded largely by Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller; budget considerably under $1 million; story: A missionary's checkered past catches up with him as he and his companion are drawn into a Santa Monica gang war; religious groups other than Latter-day Saints factor prominently into the storyline, and are positively portrayed; "States of Grace" opened November 4, 2005. View trailer at Zion Films. Dutcher re-released "States" January 20, 2006.
- Thumbsucker: Directed by Mike Mills (who also wrote the screenplay), an adaptation of non-churchgoing Latter-day Saint Walter Kirn's novel about a boy (Lou Taylor Pucci) who sort of overcomes an oral fixation, becomes a Latter-day Saint and goes on a mission. Note that the Latter-day Saint content, although central to the novel, has been excised entirely from this feature film adaptation. Keanu Reeves plays the orthodonist; Tilda Swinton, Chase Offerle and Vincent D'Onofrio play other members of this family (who, in the novel, study with the missionaries and join the Church); also stars Benjamin Bratt and Vince Vaughn; debuted at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 23, 2005; Rated R; Limited release Sept. 16, 2005.
- Together Again For the First Time: Based on a play by Reed McColm,"Together Again For the First Time" is a comedy/drama about a family gathering at Christmas time. This is the first time since their marriage that, Max, Audrey, and all of their children have been together in one place. But as everybody arrives on Christmas Eve, things become increasingly complicated. Not only is there a visit of a fiancé, a surprise TV show taping, and a neighborhood open house, but there are also secrets that threaten the entire family. The screenplay is by Reed McColm and Jeff Parkin. Parkin is also directing. The cast includes: Julia Duffy, David Ogden Stiers, Joey Lawrence, and Kirby Heyborne. James Huntsman is the producer, along with Reed McColm and Jeff Parkin. Cinematography is by Brandon Christensen, and Film Editing by Duane Andersen and Jeff Parkin. AN ASGAARD ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION shot June 26, 2006--July 22, 2006, in
the Provo area. THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE FALL 2007.
- Twilight: From the Twilight series written by Mormon Stephanie Meyer. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a bit different, never caring about or fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother Renee (Sarah Clarke) remarries and decides to move with her new husband to Florida, and Bella decides to go live with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke), in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she's ever met. Intelligent and witty, his piercing eyes see straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than any cheetah, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Most importantly, he's a vampire. Like all vampires, he's immortal. He doesn't drink human blood (they're vampire "vegetarians"), which is rare among the vampire population. Instead, they go on regular "hiking" trips, where they feed on prey such as grizzly bears and mountain lions. For Edward, Bella is the thing he has waited ninety years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. And what will they do when James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi), and Victoria (Rachel Lefevre) come into town and James sets his sights on Bella? Will true love prevail when Edward is forced to save her life and conquer his thirst? The true question is, When you can live forever, what do you live for? Release November 21, 2008.
Quiescent List for Other Upcoming Films (LDS-themed/LDS characters)
The following film projects were announced at one time, but are now inactive or quiet:
- Centurion: Formerly called "Life of Christ." As of February 11, 2007, Kieth Merrill reports this is a project he plans to do in the future.
- The Land of Nephi: documentary produced by David C. Asay ("Lehi's Land of First Inheritance"; "In Search of Ancient Cumorah"); starring Sharlene Wells Hawkes; musical score by Thomas C. Baggaley; filmed in Guatemala beginning in Dec. 2002; 2004 release was delayed.
- Chiaroscuro: A Fackrell Brothers film; a short film directed by Nate and Matt Fackrell; "Chiaroscuro" is a dark thriller starring Emmy Award-winning actor Adam Smoot, and co-starring Tara Smith and Jaron Briggs; completed January 2004.
- Crab Orchard: family comedy/drama directed by Michael J. Jacobs; written by Robin Christian Peters; starring Edward Asner, Dylan Patton, Judge Reinhold, Ruby Handler, and Betsy Zajko; musical score by Alan Williams; 2004 release.
- Gabriella Sleeps: feature-length independent horror movie directed by Craig Nybo; previously titled "Haunted"; music by Larry Nybo; now in post-production.
- Handcart: As of February 15, 2007, Kels Goodman reports that the feature length film "Handcart" is getting a face lift on the DVD rental and will be distributed later this year (2007) by HaleStorm.
- The Last Boy Scout: alternatively titled "The Last Eagle Scout"; next feature film from Kels Goodman (director of "Handcart"); an action/adventure movie about Boy Scouts, "a la Indiana Jones"; filming began 15 January 2005 in Virginia. As of February 2007, Kels reports this film is on hold until possibly next year.
- The Last Great Army (a.k.a. The Stripling Warriors): Book of Mormon-themed feature film written and directed by J. Daniel Nell; some filming was done by Dreamland Productions, Inc. in 1999, but production was halted; filmmakers plan to film a re-tooled version in 70mm on location in the tropical Hawaiian Islands in 2003-2004.
- Life After Life: Latest film project of Joseph L. Puente; Story of a young LDS family and the controversial decision of the mother to place her injured husband into cryonic suspension (freezing) following a severe car accident. When he is revived and brought back to life 20 years later, it raises several moral and doctrinal questions for all involved. A portion of any proceeds by this film's sale and/or distribution will be donated to the Central Utah Filmmakers Association. Please contact the C.U.F.A. at (435) 462-3870 OR e-mail email@example.com. As of 2/7/2006 Joe reports this film and The Jess Puente Documentary are on hold as he has received a grant from the Utah Arts Council so he could underwrite a program to produce a television variety show that will be aired on Channel 10 through Centracom Interactive (a local cable provider). The group is the Central Utah 4-H Filmmakers Club. Puente's profile is found at Utah Arts Council
- Kieth Merrill: life of Jesus; Triumph... Utah
- Lilac Lane: miniseries for Showtime cable station written, directed and produced by Neil LaBute; also produced by frequent LaBute collaborator Gail Mutrux; 6 episodes have been greenlit so far; drama/thriller; synopsis: An affair with a co-ed leads a college professor down a dark road, which turns for the worse when his former flame turns up missing; 2005 cable TV premiere.
- Living in Neon Dreams: starring A.J. Cook in lead role as "Alice" in this warped take on "Alice in Wonderland"; now in production; probable 2004 release; co-starring non-LDS actors Nastassja Kinski, Thomas Kretschmann, John Rhys-Davies.
- Love Logs On: romantic comedy written, directed and photographed by Tucker T. Dansie; produced by Judy Dansie; Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City find and lose love online; postponed indefinitely pending funding.
- Singles 2nd Ward: sequel to the hit comedy "The Singles Ward," expected to be made largely by the same people, with significant changes in the cast (as most of the lead players in the first film were married by the end of the closing credits); April 2006 release. As of 2/7/2006, HaleStorm spokesman Jed Ivie reports that Christine Lakin, out of LA, will play the lead role opposite Kirby Heyborne (the love interest). Basically, Dalin is back from his mission and meets Christine's character, then he has to meet-the-parents--Mormon style. If all goes as planned, all the original main cast will have cameos/roles in "Singles 2nd Ward." As of 5/3/2006 Jed Ivie reports "Singles Second ward" has been placed on hold indefinitely.
- Untitled Feature 002: Written, Produced and Directed by Joseph L. Puente. The story of an artist struggling with a serious creative block and the dissapproval of his Mormon family. The script is undergoing revisions. Section One Entertainment (A Division of Puente Media) is seeking investors for this project with a goal of production starting in late May 2005. Interested parties may contact the producers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Already Released Films Made by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers or Stars:
NOTE: As much as possible, the names of Latter-day Saint filmmakers and stars are in bold in the list below.
- Benchwarmers: Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite"; "Just Like Heaven") stars with Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, and Craig Kilborn in this new comedy which tells the story of three guys (Schneider, Spade, and Heder) who try to make up for their lack of athleticism when they were younger by forming a three-man baseball team to challenge a full squad of elementary school baseballers.
- Blades of Glory:Slapstick comedy starring Will Farrell and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team. Release date March 30, 2007.
- Butterfly: Aaron Eckhart and Julia Roberts star in this Gore Verbinski thriller compared to George Cukor's 1944 classic "Gaslight."
- The Celebration of Flight: IMAX doc under development by Jeff T. Miller for Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Henry Ford Museum and National Geographic; to premiere December 25, 2003.
- Eight Below: Disney Studios is releasing a new Paul Walker vehicle based on a true story entitled "Eight Below." Tagline: The most amazing story of survival, friendhip, and adventure ever told. Synopsis: Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival. Also starring Bruce Greenwood and Jason Biggs. Release date: February 17, 2006.
- Fracture: Thriller featuring Ryan Gosling, as an assistant DA, who is caught up in a game of cat and mouse with a man, Anthony Hopkins, who tries to murder his wife and is set free on a series of technicalities. Release date April 20, 2007.
Hard Luck Cowboys: Co-written by Hugo/Nebula-winning screenwriter David Howard; family/drama feature film; was previously listed on IMDb.com, scheduled for October 2003
release, but is now no longer listed there.
- Hawking: IMAX film by Bruce Neibaur about astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and his theories; producer: Diane Beam. Release 2005.
- The Heart of India: IMAX film produced by Scott Swofford; cinematography by Reed Smoot; Spring 2004 release.
- Into the Blue: action/adventure movie starring Paul Walker in lead role; with Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Scott Caan, James Frain, etc.; synopsis: A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane; filmed in Florida, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas; written by Matt Johnson ("Torque"); directed by John Stockwell ("Blue Crush", "Crazy/Beautiful"); Sept. 30, 2005 release.
- Just Like Heaven: A romantic comedy directed by Mark Waters with Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, and Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite"). Witherspoon plays Elizabeth Martinson, a doctor, who becomes a spirit after an accident. Her old apartment is given to Ruffalo, who plays David Abbott, and she haunts him as a bitter spirit because she isn't willing to give up her place. These two continually fight, but they might just be attracted to each other. Heder plays the part of Daryl, a psyhic. IMDb states: "With stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, and Jon Heder, this is a great romantic comedy and a must see movie." Release date September 16, 2005.
- The Kiss: comedy/drama starring Eliza Dushku and non-LDS actors Terence Stamp, Francoise Surel and Billy Zane; directed by Gorman Bechad; premiered on 14 September 2003 at Boston Film Festival; theatrical or video release pending. Synopsis: A newly promoted book editor discovers a potential best seller, although unfinished, manuscript buried in her predecessor's office. Moved by the passionate love story and drawing parallels to her own life, she embarks on a journey to find the author and the missing ending only to find an old loner who is still struggling to cope with the death of his wife twenty years prior. The two eventually form a close friendship, each drawing wisdom and strength from each other, allowing him to write the final chapter on his romance with his wife before succumbing to cancer and inspiring her to find a lost love. DVD Feb 8, 2005.
- The Man in the Black Suit: filmed in Utah with a partially LDS cast and crew; editor was Steve Hennessey ("The Work and the Story"); based on the award-winning short story by Stephen King; short film: 20 min.; directed by Nicholas Mariani, who also wrote the screenplay; starring Eric Jacobs ("Down and Derby"), Reb Fleming, Geoff Hansen, John Viener; produced by Jeff T. Miller, Tobijah Tyler; assistant director: Heather Toone; plot: A young boy has a terrible encounter with a strange man while fishing in the woods.
- Mission to Mars: upcoming Scott Swofford IMAX film, made along with Walt Disney Productions; director of photography: T.C. Christensen; directed by George Butler ("Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure", "Pumping Iron", "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry"); 2005 release scheduled.
- Monster House: Jon Heder (title role in "Napoleon Dynamite") has a featured role as "Skull" in this horror adventure film; produced by ImageMovers ("Cast Away", "Matchstick Men", "What Lies Beneath", "The Polar Express"); distributed by Sony; filmed July 2004; plot: Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster; filmed in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Florida; also starring Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Kathleen Turner, Kevin James, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi; directed by Gil Kenan (debut). July 21, 2006.
- Mystic India: 45 min. docu-drama filmed in 70mm for IMAX theaters; Produced for a temple/exhibition site in New Delhi, India, and also for international distribution; filmed in India; Director of Photography: Reed Smoot; musical composed by Sam Cardon ("Brigham City", "Texas: The Big Picture", "Someone Was Watching", "Little Secrets"); Producers: Brian Rogers, Srila Chatterjee; directed by Keith Melton; Script: Kamlish Pandey; written by Mose Richards; Synopsis: A film about the life and times of Neelkanth Varni, a spiritually enlightened young man who, at the age of 11 left his village and family in 1793 and trekked across India in search of the answers to five questions he had, eventually ending his journey seven years later. MYSTIC INDIA provides an in-depth look at the culture and history of India. Audiences experience India's geographic and cultural diversity, its natural beauty and architectural feats, and its spiritual wonders. NOTE: There will be two versions of the film, the version to be shown at the Akshardham Delhi -- which is under construction in India -- and the international version.; Feb 2005 release.
- Nacho Libre: A new comedy written by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, (writers of “Napoleon Dynamite”) and Mike White (School of Rock); directed by Jared Hess; starring Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, Richard Montoya, and Peter Stormare. Synopsis: Jack Black stars as Ignacio (friends call him Nacho), a Mexican priest who moonlights as a lucha libre wrestler to raise money for his orphanage. From the Latino Review, Jared explained what helped inspire the movie. “I have always been a big fan of the Santo movies. I think they’re unbelievable. He did like 60 different films which completely blow my mind.” Now filming (Jan. 2006) in South America. Release date June 16, 2006.
- Neverwas: Stars LDS actor and BYU grad Aaron Eckhart. This psychological thriller has Eckhart as Zach, a psychiatrist, who works at a mental institution where his father, a famous children's author, played by Nick Nolte, was committed years earlier. Others in the cast are Ian McKellen, William Hurt, Brittany Murphy, and Alan Cumming. Directed and written by Joshua Michael Stern. Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival August 2005.
- Powerless: dramatic thriller written, directed and produced by one family of British Latter-day Saints--Matt Daniels: Director/Writer/Producer; Seth Wilkins: Writer/Producer, and Gideon Wilkins: Producer. It was filmed on location in Wales and England with Matt Daniels and Bethany, Matt, Martha, Hannah, and Samuel Wilkins playing a family facing the aftermath of a nation-wide black-out. The story follows their fight for survival after the power loss leaves them alive--but alone. Using what resources they have, they must learn to survive in a new and unfamiliar world. Nov. 20, 2004 release in UK. North American premiere at the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival in California September 14-22, 2005. Utah premiere at LDS Film Festival January 23, 2006 at Scera Center in Orem, Utah.
- A Promise Kept: Latter-day Saint Texans Alaina Kalanj and Kelsey Edwards in supporting roles; police thriller about a vigilante in Austin, Texas; 9-year-old Edwards plays an abducted child; written and directed by Daniel Millican; filmed in December 2002.
- Running Scared: starring Paul Walker in lead role; filmed Summer 2004 in New Jersey and Czech Republic; $13 million production budget; written and directed by (Mindhunters; The Cooler; Crossing Over); synopsis: When his stolen gun is used in a shooting spree, a criminal goes to great lengths to retrieve his piece - a key to his maintaining his secret identity. Release date February 24, 1006.
- School For Scoundrels: Jon Heder and Billy Bob Thornton will co-star in a remake of the 1960 comedy "School For Scoundrels", with Todd ("Road Trip")Phillips in the director's chair. Screenwriter Scot Armstrong will collaborate with Todd Phillips. Heder plays a down-on-his-luck meter-reader who enrolls in a confidence-building class so he can win the love of his dreamgirl. The class turns out to be something quite different once it becomes clear to the young man that his professor (Thornton) has set his sights on the same woman. October 2006 release.
- Stay: Drama/Thriller Ryan Gosling stars as a student at Columbia University with Ewan McGregor as the psychology professor who trys to prevent Gosling's character from committing suicide; Naomi Watts co-stars; Release October 21, 2005.
- Thank You For Smoking: Anti-smoking satire follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, (Aaron Eckhart) who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. Also starring , Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliot, Katie Holmes, William H. Macy, Robert Duvall, Rob Lowe, Dennis Miller, and Joan Lunden. Directed by Jason Reitman. Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival August 2005. Very popular at Sundance January 20, 2006. Limited release March 17, 2006.
- The Transporter 2: featuring Matthew Modine; $32 million budget. Sept. 2, 2005 release.
- Very Mean Men: starring Matthew Modine in lead role, with non-LDS actors Martin Landau, Scott Baio, Charles Durning, Louise Fletcher; filmed in Los Angeles in 1999; currently seeking distribution; possible direct-to-video or cable release; Modine plays a bartender that tries to get a thrifty drinker (Landau) to leave him a decent tip by spinning an elaborate tale of two warring mobster families fighting over the San Fernando Valley.
- The Wicker Man: Neil LaBute wrote the screenplay and is directing this Indie film, a remake of the 1973 British horror film. It is about a sheriff (Nicolas Cage) investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island. He soon discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, cult-like community. Others in the cast are Leelee Sobieski and Ellen Burstyn. Film shot in Vancouver. Release September 8, 2006.
Quiescent List for Other Rumored Announced Films (by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers)
The following film projects were announced at one time, but are now inactive or quiet:
- Angels Don't Knock: LDS novel by Dan Yates reportedly being made into a movie.
- Anxiously Engaged: events surrounding a temple wedding and a 30-year-old single Latter-day Saint woman; written by Matthew Ball and Mark Greenhalgh; exec. producer Shane Kester; shades of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." 2004 theatrical release planned.
- The Bishop's Daughter: screenplay by Wyatt Wooley
- Black Stars Over Mexico: telepic about Mexican Colonies' children. Written by Susan Evans McCloud; produced/directed by Gilbert Howe; Merrill Jensen music.
- Blaine Yorgason negotiating w/ company that wants to film 3 of his novels: Charlie's Monument; Ride the Laughing Wind; One Tattered Angel.
- The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol II Zarahemla: Produced and Directed by Gary Rogers. Screenplay by Craig Clyde and Gary Rogers. 250 years after the events of The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol I: The Journey, Mosiah I is King of the Nephites. They abandon the City of Nephi and discover the people of Zarahemla who came from Jerusalem in the days of Zedekiah. Mosiah I is made king over them. His son King Benjamin gives a great speech. His son, Mosiah II, sends Ammon to the City of Nephi and finds King Limhi and his people in bondage to the Lamanites. Filming in Hawaii and Utah. Release 2007.
- Campaign Rally: Jesse Ranney will write, direct, and help produce this comedy about a gubernatorial race in Missouri. Will Mullins (Jesse Ranney) is the new kid at school, and his dad, Roy Mullins (Mark Hansen) is running for Governor. To make things worse, he finds out the girl he likes, Lindsay Howard (Shannon Knopke) is the daughter of Dale Howard, his dad's opponent. The movie follows the two kids and their dads as they try to one-up each other in the campaign--from bugging houses, to handing out poppy seed muffins so they test positive for drugs, and then finally, a slightly shocking and hilarious ending! As of 2/7/2006 Jesse reports this project is on hold.
- Changes: CHANGES is an inspiring and uplifting movie about a Latter-day saint boy named Brandon (played by Tim Nalder). Brandon is faced with many challenges and changes. Many of the changes begin with his dad getting a job transfer from Utah to Washington where there are less members. Brandon moves with his family and becomes friends with Alison (played by Tiffany M.) who lives next-door. Alison is a very popular girl that loves to party. She notices something is different about Brandon and wants to learn more. Alison gets baptized and starts to make good changes in her life while Brandon starts to become popular and changes to Alison's old ways. She later explains to Brandon that people have to make changes in their lives whether for good or for bad. Brandon has to choose between Alison and the church or his popularity; ADVERTISING IN "CHANGES": Any Film company that would be interested in placing their TRAILER in our PREVIEWS or anyone interested in PRODUCT PLACEMENT in our movie PLEASE CONTACT US at our temporairy e-mail address email@example.com; ORDERING THE MOVIE: Any book store that would like to preorder our movie, please also contact us for more information. Thank you!
- Dinosaurs: Face to Face: Started as a 3D IMAX documentary but as of August 2005, it may be shifted to a feature of TV; director: Kieth Merrill reports as of 4/30/2006 that "Dianosaurs" has been moved to a distant back burner.
- For Time and All Eternity: feature-length documentary produced and directed by Trevor Hill; divided into 4 segments, one of which follows an actual Latter-day Saint couple from engagement through to their wedding, with another segment about divorce; music by Paper Plane Crash; still seeking investors; filming complete; now in post-production; planning a Spring 2004 video/DVD.
- The Fourth Wish: script by Jongiorgi Enos (from a Steve Stubbs short story), has been purchased by Norwegian filmmaker Ragnar Lasse Henrickson's company, The Ibsen Factor; the script is being re-written for Norwegian production. As of September 2005, Steve Stubbs reports it is inactive.
- Hands of Thunder: Screenplay by Carl Gundestrup won the "Gloria International Film Festival" for "Best Original Screenplay." Clips from the film are on website. "Film is kind of like 'Lethal Weapon' for families and Latter-day Saints."
- The Haunting of Marsten Manor: There are many groundbreaking "firsts" in this film, such as: This is the first scary (non LDS) film made in Utah by LDS filmmakers to go to theatres. It's also a scary movie that has a positive message, something that rarely, if ever, happens in scary films. A lot of people like scary movies but don't go to them because they go too far. This film is rated "PG" and is actually a family film! It played at the 2007 LDS film festival and was well received there by all ages, 9 and up. The film was shot in the historic Armstrong Mansion by Trolley Square, which is a real haunted mansion. Most of our cast is from LA, including C. Thomas Howell. We're husband and wife producers out to make movies with good values for all audiences. View the trailer at The Haunting of Marsten Manor Dave Sapp, Producer/Director/DP and Julie Sapp, Writer/Producer. This supernatural mystery will be in theaters on Friday, April 13, 2007.
- Hazel and Rose: this character-oriented feature film is the story of a friendship that develops between an elderly agoraphobic Chinese woman and a 16-year-old girl. This LDS-themed Chinese/American collaboration is being produced by Steve Stubbs and will star Lisa Lu ("The Joy Luck Club" and "The Last Emperor") as Hazel. It is being directed by Frank Lin ("American Fusion").
- In It, But Not Of It: about a Latter-day Saint basketball star in the NBA; written and directed by Trent Hanson.
- Invisible Saint: Curtis Taylor is working on a movie version of his hilarious same-titled satirical novel about an intensely average ward member who finds himself inexplicably invisible - literally.
- The Jess Puente Documentary Project: Joseph L. Puente is planning a feature length documentary about his father, 81 year old Jesus Arronte Puente, who has led an extraordinary life. Born in California, but taken to Spain by his parents when he was three years old, he grew up with the Spanish Civil War as the backdrop of his adolescence. Knowing he was an American citizen, he swore he would return some day to the U.S. and bring his family back with him. To do this, he joined the U.S. Navy in WWII through the American Consulate in Bilbao. Joseph Puente is seeking assistance to produce this documentary. Contact information: 435-462-3870 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Joan of Arc: Virgin Warrior: $50 million epic directed by Ron Maxwell, produced by McKay Daines; starring Mira Sorvino (as Joan), Albert Finney, Cary Elwes; not yet in production.
- Jongiorgi Enos: Adam Alone (written by David Howard); The Long Walk of Patience Loader (true story about a member of the Martin Handcart Company.)
- The Last Boy Scout: alternatively titled "The Last Eagle Scout"; next feature film from Kels Goodman (director of "Handcart"); an action/adventure movie about Boy Scouts, "a la Indiana Jones"; filming began 15 January 2005 in Virginia. As of February 10, 2007, Kels reports the film is on hold possibly till next year.
- Life Outside: Victory Angel Films of Tempe, Arizona, is also planning another short film entitled Life Outside. Synopsis: David is anger's plaything. Lost in a blurred vision of hate, he travels from Israel to avenge the death of his wife and baby. He blames America and joins a sleeper cell bent on blowing a dirty bomb. He battles his own conscience as the pain of anger eats him alive. Then, two men arrive at his door and deliver a message from God. David takes the literature and shoos them off. The apartment has nothing other than a Lazy Boy and phone. The monotony drives David to pick up the book the missionaries left and begin a journey towards healing. He finishes with one question: Is this book true? Before he can get the answer, the bomb is done, and he is to be the martyr.As of February 11, 2007, Brian Skiba reports "Life Outside" "Probably not gonna happen!"
- The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint: Book by BYU grad Brady Udall, about a half-Apache who ends up in an LDS family, has been optioned by Michael Stipe's Single Cell Pictures ("Being John Malkovich"); Michael Cuesta to direct.
- Mormon Bachelor Party: Albuquerque-based filmmakers David Valdez, Philip Gunn, and Daniel Gutierrez (who are not necessarily LDS) have written a screenplay that they hope to turn into their small production company's first feature-length film, which will doubtless be released directly to DVD if it gets made. The group has previously entered films into the Tromadance Film Festival in Park City, Utah ("Marijuana's Revenge: Reefer Madness 6" and "Kung Fu Kitties: Paws of Fury.")
- My People: writer Gordon Laws' novel My People, the first book released from the BYU-sponsored Lifesong project, is slated to begin filming as a movie in summer 2004; the story is about an inner-city Los Angeles youth who joins the Church, but has difficulty leaving behind his past as a gang member.
- Orson Scott Card's My One and Only: Screenplay about four women at BYU.
- Philo Farnsworth - Miramax has optioned film rights for two books about Philo Farnsworth--the Latter-day Saint inventor of television.
- Piggy Banks: drama featuring Frank Gerrish, Matthew Modine and Drew Osborne; also starring Gabriel Mann, Jake Muxworthy, Tom Sizemore, Tom Arnold, Kelli Garner, Lauren German; filmed in Magna and Salt Lake City, Utah; production budget: $5 million; directed by California native Morgan J. Freeman ("Desert Blue", "Hurricane").
- The Promise: Scott Stellmon of American Fork, Utah, has plans to write and direct a movie about his mother, "RaNae Green Stellmon", said to be a once-prominent Utah stage actress. ReNae is described as a Latter-day Saint who graduated from BYU and later died of cancer. Plans are for filming in Utah, using local talent.
- Promised Valley: new film from Herbert Christensen (exec. producer of "Jack Weyland's Charly"), based on the play by Arnold Sundguard and Crawford Gates (which was novelized by "Charly" producers Lance Williams and Tip Boxell.)
- D. Quantum Love: A feature-length screenplay written by D. Michael Martindale, film editor for Latter-day Saint literary magazine Irreantum. He will also be the producer.
- Roadshow!: J. Scott Iverson (one of the writers of "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" and a regional Emmy-winning director) has completed a screenplay about the fictional Yorgason's family involvement with a road show competition set during the turbulent social upheaval of the 1960s; currently seeking funding.
- Road Show: Cary Derbidge's feature-length theatrical musical, "Moulin Rouge" Mormon style.
- Runelords: $80 million adaptation of the first novel in the epic fantasy series by author Dave Farland (Dave Wolverton); filming began Summer 2004 in Czech Republic. Projected release was Nov. 2007. As of August 2005, Dave Wolverton reports Runelords is on hold.
- Saturday's Warrior: big-screen adaptation of most popular LDS stage musical ever; produced by original playwright Doug Stewart; written and co-directed by Elizabeth J. Hansen ("Eliza & I", "The Sisters of Bethany", "Wind River"); cinematographer and co-director: T.C. Christensen ("A Pioneer Miracle", "Bug Off!"); composer: Lex de Azevedo; production manager: Steve Lee (producer/director of "Empower Yourself"; line producer/production manager for Groberg's "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith", Dutcher's "The Prophet.") Theatrical release planned for 2004.
- Season of Hope: As of 2/5/2006, Victory Angel Films of Tempe is about a month away from finishing all of their shoots for "Season of Hope," a short film produced and directed by Brian Skiba. Assistant director is Conor Byron; Production Manager is Jace Lane, Production Assistant is Timothy Eves. The story involves Jake (Jeff Walker) and Craig (Daniel Damien Jones) who are a pair of elite thieves. After their last job, Jake hides the goods and turns himself in. He rats out everyone but Craig. Fast forward to the present (the film starts here). Jake is released from protective custody a few years later. No one, not even Tina, (Leeann Infranco) his wife and two kids knew where he was. Guilt plagues Jake that he left Tina and the kids to be torn from a wealthy lifestyle and pushed into poverty by the feds and the mob. Upon Jake’s return, he finds Craig “watching” over Tina. Craig lives with Beth (Chelsea Westhoff) and is physically abusive. The morning Jake turns up, Beth steals Craig’s car and gun, looking for a way out. A whirlwind of misfortune leads Jake, Craig, and Beth to Craig’s favorite city lookout. Craig will test Jake’s faith and Beth’s willingness to stand up and fight. Others in the cast include: Madison Riley, Becky Hanson, Hy Grant Rillero, and Jamie Bauer. “Season of Hope" is on schedule to go post in mid-March.
- Shakers: crime thriller produced by Chet Thomas; executive producers: Jerry Molen, Kelly Crabb; directed by David R. Ellis ("Cellular" "Final Destination 2" "Homeward Bound II" "Lost in San Francisco"); written by Perry Barndt and Jason Rodriguez; 2006 release planned. As of 2/18/2006, Jerry Molen reports "'Shakers' has bit the dust for now."
- Smart Single Guys: comedy written and directed by Tony Gunn, an adaptation of his successful play (all performances at BYU in Fall 2003 were completely sold out); this will be Gunn's first feature film; Synopsis: They're straight-A students, bright and talented, good looking, charming, RMs, and they don't have a clue about women. This original work is a biting satire that examines the complicated world of BYU romance.
- Standing 8: Latest feature film from Shinebox Motion Pictures ("Missy", "Y2K", "Handcart"); written and directed by Elias Pate and Bryan Young; director of photography/producer: Paul Green; edited by Joel Petrie; first A.D.: Steven Greenstreet; starring Kristen Douglass, Ben Abbot, Dave Bunnell, Shade Anderson, Jolene Sayers, Kristen Hullinger, Warren Miles, Joel Petrie, Heidi Bennet, Adam Stewart, Levi Larson, Brooke Hess, Mike Jones, Josh Curtis and Jason Young; Plot: For the past 20 years, the youth of Liberty Meadows have gathered annually to the mountains in search of escape and adventure, developing an excursion referred to as "The Clash." The event is drawing an unprecedented level of controversy as it has developed into a more violent and imperialistic undertaking than ever before. The game begins smoothly, with the rules agreed upon by all participants, but in the authority-free environment, it soon degrades into a "Lord of the Flies" style nightmare in which the participants struggle to separate fantasy from reality; the Shinebox website (which now appears to no longer be online) previously listed this film as "in production," but it is probably inactive.
- Taking on the Neighborhood: Eliza Dushku in lead role, accidently starting a gang war in NYC between Irish and Latino communities; director: Amy Talkington; not yet in production.
- Tears of Eden: Written/Directed/Produced by Lance Miller; based on the unpublished novel by Ruben Medrano; adapted by Lance Miller, Ruben Medrano, and Jake Cohen. Filming will take place in Southern California. The story is about the Senior Class President of the fictional Polk High School, Logan Richardson. During his senior year, Logan suffers several losses. He tries to learn from his experiences, and cope with his grief, but it slowly destroys him. His downfall, however, is not entirely in vain. A girl named Jamie Simmons befriends him when all his friends have gone and constantly tries to bring him out of his misery. She struggles in the effort, but her life changes drastically for the better. Eyestorm Pictures. As of 2/7/2006 Lance reports this film has been abandoned--since he is going on a mission in 6 months.
- The Trek is the working title of independent film producer Rich Raddon's first LDS-themed film, made with partners Ryan C. Benson and Ted Hinckley; screenplay by David Howard ("Galaxy Quest") and Jongiorgi Enos ("Brigham City"), working from a Raddon concept; Rick Schroeder is provisionally attached to star; scheduled to go into production in 2003.
- Trial By Faith: missionaries serving in the Philippines are kidnapped by Islamic terrorists; feature-length action-drama by Alan Stoddard and Allen Dial. Fall 2003 theatrical release planned.
- Twelve Hours at a Train Station: written by J. Daniel Nell; romantic comedy set in and around a train station in SLC on Easter Eve; screenplay is for sale.
- Vapor: screenwriter/director: Neil LaBute; budget just below $30 million; based on novel by Amanda Filipacchi; produced by Catch 23 Entertainment and Renaissance Films; starring Sandra Bullock, Ralph Fiennes and Aaron Eckhart; produced by Gail Mutrux; about an artist who helps an aspiring actress find success; was scheduled to be filmed in 2003, then 2004, but funding was dropped, so the status of this project is in limbo.
- A Voice from the Dust: Journey to the Promised Land: feature film about Lehi's journey planned by producers Steven DeVore, Scott Swofford, and Quinn Coleman, director Peter Johnson, and cinematographer Reed Smoot; budget: $8 million budget. 2004 release planned.
- Where Rivers Meet: directed by Bill Shira; starring Jaelan Petrie ("Handcart"), Tayva Patch ("Brigham City", "Out of Step"), Rick Macy ("Brigham City", "Testaments", "Out of Step"), Marvin Payne ("Pure Race", "Saturday's Warrior"), Jan Felt (Disney's "Poof Point", "Little Secrets", "Everwood" Sariah in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie), Bruce Newbold ("Testaments of One Fold and Shepherd", "How Rare a Possession", "The Lamb of God"), Connie Young ("The Singles Ward"), Julie West, and Joan Mullaney; cinematography by George Griner; music by Alan Williams; $750,000 budget; filmed in North Central Idaho; once slated for late spring 2003 theatrical release, but that time has past and actual release date is unknown.
- Bag of Bones: thriller by screenwriter David Veloz ("Behind Enemy Lines" "Natural Born Killers") based on the novel by Stephen King; directed by Peter Care ("The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"); distributed by MGM Home Entertainment; plot: recently widowed novelist Mike Noonan goes to his holiday home in Maine to overcome his writer's block, meets a woman in the middle of a child custody battle with her husband, a wealthy computer company owner, and haunted things start happening. 2004 release.
- Blue Demon: Action-adventure film produced by Jorge Ramirez; began filming in 2003 in Mexico City.
- The Calling: stylized thriller previously titled "Blood White"; screenplay by Daryn Tufts ("Singles Ward"); director: Greg Kiefer of Cosmic Pictures in SLC. On hold as of October 2005 while Tufts focuses on getting distribution for Stalking Santa.
- Car Wars: From a screenplay by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, along with others; directed by Shawn Levy ("The Pink Panther", "Cheaper by the Dozen", "Just Married", "Big Fat Liar"); comedy; Dustin Hoffman stars as fusty Mercedes-Benz dealer who is befriended by an upstart car salesman (Dax Shepard) who opens a classic auto shop across the street; 2006 release planned.
- Cliff Hanger's Quest: Film makers Mark and Gary Whipple are about 70% finished with filming this mockumentary as of August 2005, about the quest by Comedian Cliff Hanger for the world’s funniest joke. Film to be completed by February 2006.
- Community Theatre: scheduled to begin production in 2003 by Jongiorgi Enos' production company, Enos Entertainment Inc.
- Cosmic Agents: Episode One: When Earth Became an Endangered Species: written, directed and produced by Darell Thorpe.
- Dad Found Somethin' in the Basement: Dancing Dog Entertainment.
- The Danish Girl: Ebershoff's historical novel has been optioned by producer Gail Mutrux and is being adapted for the screen by Neil LaBute, who will also direct. [Other LaBute projects: "The Burnt Orange Heresy" about an art critic/art thief; "Blue Angel" about a New England novelist/professor; "Leave Her to Heaven", a remake of the noir classic; "Bleeder" about the murder of a NARC.
- The Dead Guy: William Fowlke and Michael Karr are planning to produce this film through their Salt Lake City-based production company "Mathiis Chapell LLC"; screenplay written by Bob Badore; planning a $22 million production budget and a theatrical release; Tagline: "Sometimes the best person to teach you how to live is a dead guy." Synopsis: Dave Kensington mourns for the loss of his fiance Gabrielle, who died on the day they were to be married. Now he plans to commit suicide by jumping off a tall building, but Gabrielle's spirit tells him not to jump--that there is life after death, and that he has an important work yet to do, but then he accidentally falls anyway. Later he is re-animated and has to help some guy, and they all end up in a karaoke-loving polygamist camp in Utah.
- Dragon's Lair: directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman; written by Rob McFarlane; animated feature based on the classic laser disc game. Possible 2004 release.
- Dream Catcher: Native American romantic comedy from writer/producer/director McKay Daines and actor/exec. producer Ray Tracey.
- Dreaming of You: independent film produced/directed by BYU student J. Scott Montgomery; currently in editing phase; plot: murder mystery featuring a psychologist, an uncommon patient/doctor relationship, and ruminations on reality; starring Brad Montgomery; written by/co-starring Andrew Griffard; the script won Honorable Mention in the Int'l Young LDS Film Festival screenplay competition. September 2002.
- Dudes: Director: Blair Treu; starring Jeff Bridges, Aaron Carter.
- Fiancee: Latter-day Saint filmmaker Jorge Ramirez is writing a screenplay for a feature-length film based on the characters from his "Fiancee" trilogy, his trio of short films which won at the Utah Student Film Collective film festival and the Valle Verde film festival in Mexico City.
- Finding Freedom: full-length documentary by Tucker Dansie about a political refugee from Rwanda; footage has been taped; currently in lengthy editing process.
- The Forgotten Attic: Utah/Quebec co-venture by Cinar Entertainment and Feature Films for Families: based on the classic children's book; writer/director: Michael Landon, Jr.; animation director: Mark Swan; music: Alan Williams; editor: Stephen L. Johnson; exec. producer: Forrest S. Baker.
- Fresco Pictures: O.S. Card's production company (movies listed: Dogwalker; Pastwatch; Feed the Baby of Love; Homebody.)
- Green Steps to the Sky: Dancing Dog Entertainment.
- Gulag: screenplay by Ben Gourley
- Hermanos: Feature exec. produced by BYU graduate Jorge Ramirez; written/directed by award-winning director Juan Pablo Villaseñor; reportedly began filming in October 2002 in Mexico City.
- I Hated Heaven: Kenny Kemp's award-winning novel has been optioned by Diane Baker; Baker Street Entertainment is seeking investors for the $4 million film project.
- J. Daniel Nell's Extinction 65M (s.f. time travel thriller); Cooking with the Boyz (cooking show for guys.)
- Headstone: from Jongiorgi Enos' production company, Enos Entertainment Inc.; principal photography was completed in June 2003; non-denominational short film with Christian symbolism and meaning; a motorcycle biker has trouble leaving a small town after his brother dies there.
- Knight Rider: Feature film adaptation of popular TV series created by Glen A. Larson; Larson is executive producer of the project, now in pre-production.
- Lakota Dawn: from writer/producer McKay Daines; based on novel by Janelle Taylor. Begins filming 2002.
- The Last Apostle: SF action movie set in a Gothic future world starring Paul Walker as an anti-hero with a dark secret who strives to win an epic struggle of good vs. evil; produced by Columbia Pictures and Mark Gordon; script by Tag Mendillo and Ric Roman Waugh. Release date 2005.
- The Lilac Thief: feature film written and co-produced by Melissa Leilani Larson, starring Amy Addams; currently in post-production.
- Let It Rain: live-action musical with singing dogs; written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (writers of "Santa Clause 2"); produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jim Henson Pictures.
- Lost Boys: Orson Scott Card's novel Lost Boys was optioned May 2002 by Universal for director Jonathan Mostow ("Terminator 3", "Breakdown", "U-571"); Card is not writing the screenplay; although the main characters are Latter-day Saints in the novel, their religion will be unspecified in the movie.
- Matthew Brown script about a romance between a Jewish boy and an LDS girl set in New York.
- More Orson Scott Card: OSC's novels Treasure Box and Treason are currently under producer (rather than studio) options.
- Other Side: commissioned by "Out of Step" producer Kenneth Marler. 2002 production.
- prod·i·gal ("prodigal"): short film written and directed by Tucker T. Dansie ("Colors: Up Close & Personal", DP of "Suddenly Unexpected"); starring Levi Larsen ("Unfolding", "Pioneer Miracle"); contemporary adaptation of the parable of the Prodigal Son, from Luke 15: 11-32 in the Bible. Auditions held August 2003.
- Revelations: dark comedy about life in post-Armageddon Kansas; written/directed by Vance Mellen.
- Ripple Effect: written by Rob Diamond and Adam Taylor; executive producer/star: Thurl Bailey; 1950s prison drama.
- The Road Providence: written by J. Daniel Nell; inspiring story of a teacher and a doctor who meet in an automobile accident; status: on hold, awaiting production funds; anticipated budget: $5 million.
- Short Line: George Morgan railroad adventure.
- Stealing Sundance screenplay by Adam Reader and Damian Kidd.
- The Strawberries of Aldritch: screenplay by Kohl Glass
- Tim Slover's plays "March Tale" ($200,000 by Fresco) and "Joyful Noise" have been optioned for film.
- Turnabout: commissioned by "Out of Step" producer Kenneth Marler. 2002 production.
- Up in the Air: Jay Roach ("Austin Powers") will be directing the Fox 2000 adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel about frequent flier miles.
- The Wanderers: produced by McKay Daines; historical drama/comedy/mystery about relationship between two 18th century British writers: Dr. Samuel Johnson and the murderous poet James Boswell.
- Weekend Wedding written by Tyler Measom and Shawn Rapier, is currently in development by Friend Entertainment in Los Angeles; April Films (also of L.A.) has commissioned them to write "Untitled High School."
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