EXCLUSIVE: Walk Like A Duck Entertainment and Renegade Entertainment have entered into a two-picture financing and co-production deal, tapping veteran second unit director, stunt choreographer and fight coordinator Chris Brewster as director of the first film under the deal, from the name Incessantly. The deal follows WLAD’s involvement in Renegade’s recently released features Excavation a Killerswith Renegade principal Thomas Jane.
Incessantly in It was taken– style action thriller where Jane will play Charlie Thorne, a former US Army Green Beret living off the grid who is forced back into action when smugglers steal his boat, leaving him to died and tried to kill a young girl he had befriended. In the midst of warring crime gangs, Thorne takes up the fight again, fighting to save the young woman, while battling his own inner demons.
Chuck Hustmyre wrote the film, which is currently being cast. Production is expected to begin in early 2023, with Paradigm representing North American rights.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Renegade on a multi-picture deal, starting Incessantly to kick off our 2023 slate. We’re excited to have Chris bring his years of operating experience and unique vision to the picture,” said WLAD co-CEOs Jason Armstrong and Rob Goodrich. “Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn’s commitment to authenticity in their creative goals while also looking for opportunities to grow as a company are among the many reasons we felt this would be an organic fit for Walk Like A Duck.”
“Renegade has a great working relationship with Rob and Jason at Walk Like A Duck. Their commitment to supporting independent film is rare and special,” said Renegade’s Penn. “Thomas and I have long been fans of Chris Brewster’s exceptional work, and we are excited for audiences to experience Chris’ ability to deliver an emotionally powerful story through exceptional act design and filmmaking. Incessantly is a story of pursuit, and we are thrilled to launch this labor of love with Chris and with our partners Walk Like A Duck.”
Brewster is a SAG and Taurus World Stunt Award winner who most recently contributed to the action of Warner Bros.’ Dwayne Johnson star Black Adam as Combat Coordinator and Stunt Coordinator for the Splinter Unit. Other notable projects on his resume include Marvel’s Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Daredevil a Ant-Man and the Wasp, to name just a few. His work will next be seen in Universal’s horror comedy Renfieldstarring Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult and Awkwafina, for which he served as second unit director.
Walk Like A Duck Entertainment is a production company co-founded by Armstrong and Goodrich that has recently completed production on films including Andy Armstrong’s. Squealers; K. Asher Levin Killers with Abigail Breslin, Malin Akerman and Jane; Levin Excavation with Jane, Emile Hirsch and Liana Liberato; Skelly with Brian Cox, Torrey Devitto and John Palladino; a Salvation with Jane, Claire Forlani, Skeet Ulrich, Theo Rossi and Ashley Moore. The company has also acquired the life rights of John Fairfax, an adventurer who crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific in a rowboat, and is developing a project on him alongside his widow, Tiffany Fairfax.
Jane and Penn launched Renegade Entertainment in 2019, with the company this year producing and releasing its first scripted series Troppo, based on the bestselling novel by Candice Fox, via Amazon Frevee. The horror-comedy is from the company at the moment Killers in theaters, after a recent release Excavation. Other recent features from the company include Murder in Yellowstone Citystarring Jane and Gabriel Byrne, and The Last Son, starring Jane, Sam Worthington and Colson Baker. He is currently in production on the Pretty Boy Floyd biopic The Good Side of a Bad Man and counting the comic series The Lycansequel to 2009 neo-noir Give ’em Hell Malone and a series based on the Candice Fox novel Dark Gathering among his projects in development.
Paradigm arranged the deal between Renegade Entertainment and Walk Like A Duck, representing both companies as well as Jane. Brewster is with CAA.