VOLTAGE PICTURES ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERWAY IN BULGARIA
Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Raza Jaffrey (“Homeland”) and Sophie Simnett (Netflix’s “Daybreak”) are set to star in acclaimed blockbuster director Renny Harlin’s (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) new horror-thriller Refuge, written by action sci-fi writer Ben Sztajnkrycer, it was announced today by Voltage Pictures’ President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Voltage Pictures has acquired worldwide rights and will introduce to buyers at the upcoming Marché du film June 21-25, 2021.
Produced by powerhouse executives Yariv Lerner (Hellboy, Rambo: Last Blood), Rob Van Norden (Olympus Has Fallen, Rambo: Last Blood), Revelations Entertainment Partner and Producer Gary Lucchesi (Underworld franchise, The Lincoln Lawyer), Michael McKay (Brahms: The Boy II), Revelations Entertainment’s CEO Lori McCreary (Invictus, CBS’ “Madam Secretary”), and Harlin, who have brought us some of the most successful films of recent years, Refuge is a Revelations Entertainment and B2Y Production. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Dectker are executive producing.
Johanna Harlin (Class Reunion 3) and Aston McAuley (20th Century Fox’s Rocketman) have also been cast in the highly anticipated film, which is is currently shooting in Bulgaria.
Flemyng’s early credits include Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Stephen Norrington’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and David Fincher’s Oscar nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. More recently, Flemyng stars in Peter Cattaneo’s “Military Wives”, television series “Pennyworth” for Warner Bros, BBC mini-series “SS-GB” and Sky/Starz series “Save Me.”
Jaffrey had a major recurring role in Netflix’s “Lost In Space” series and will next appear in the network’s “Sweet Girl’ opposite Jason Momoa. He previously appeared in Paramount Studios “The Rhythm Section” opposite Blake Lively and Jude Law; as well as Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning series “Homeland” opposite Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, and was a series regular on CBS’ “Code Black” and NBC’s “Enemy Within’.
Simnett most recently appeared in Twist opposite Academy Award-winner Michael Caine and Lena Heady. She also appeared in Netflix’s post-apocalyptic dramedy “Daybreak” opposite Matthew Broderick.
McCauley’s credits include the box-office phenomenon Rocketman opposite Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell, the Netflix limited series “Behind Her Eyes” opposite Eve Hewson, and Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield opposite Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton.
In this horror-thriller, a U.S. military veteran — Sergeant Rick Pedroni — returns home changed and dangerous after a tour of duty in Afghanistan where he suffered an attack by a mysterious force. While officials dismiss his behavior as PTSD, and order trauma therapy, Rick’s wife Kate discovers her husband has been possessed by a malevolent spirit.
“I’m sure our partners the world over will be thrilled with the perfect recipe for success that has been put together for Refuge: great producers Gary, Lori and Yariv with an outstanding track record in the genre (and all spaces), combined with a cool script and the icon that is Renny Harlin,” said Deckter.
Flemyng is represented by Kate Buckley at 42. Jaffrey is repped by Principal Entertainment LA and ICM Partners. McCauley is repped by 42. Simnett is is repped by Circle of Confusion and Insight Management & Production.
ABOUT REVELATIONS ENTERTAINMENT
Revelations Entertainment is a motion picture and television production company co-founded by Morgan Freeman and Producer Lori McCreary. Academy award-winning actor Freeman and Emmy-nominated producer McCreary lead a group of inspired professionals who are the go-to producers of Film, scripted TV and documentary series. Recent successes have been an Emmy Award nomination for NatGeo’s highest-rated series in history, Story of God, a Gracie Award for Producing on CBS’s Madam Secretary, an NAACP Image Award nomination for The Story of Us and Academy Award nominations for the Revelations’ film Invictus.
B2Y was founded in 2016 by Yariv Lerner as the in-house production company for Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria where it produces and services movies, commercials, documentaries, and all other forms of media both in Bulgaria and all over the world. Recent projects include Escobar, After 3 & 4, Cobweb, and Breakfast in Beirut.
ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES
Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity. Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club.
The current Voltage sales slate includes the highly anticipated action heist-thriller The Yacht, starring Ruby Rose, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Frank Grillo, acclaimed blockbuster director Renny Harlin’s horror-thriller Refuge starring Jason Flemyng and Raza Jaffrey and the Japanese horror Room 203.
Voltage represented worldwide rights on After, based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Anna Todd, that debuted number one at the box office in 17 international territories including Germany and Italy when released in April 2019, grossing over $70m worldwide. The highly anticipated sequel, After We Collided, opened in September 2020 and grossed nearly $50m worldwide. The third and fourth films in the franchise, After We Fell and After Ever Happy, are currently in post-production after wrapping principal photography in December 2020.
Voltage also produced the blockbuster comedy I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, and Naomi Campbell, which generated nearly $100m in worldwide box office. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.