Aircraft Pictures Reimagines 'Youngblood' With Dolphin Entertainment Productions – Deadline

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Aircraft Pictures teamed up with Dolphin Entertainment to adapt the 1986 sports drama into a feature film. youngbloodup-and-coming film director Charles Officer (Akira’s Escape) directly onboard. The film is set to begin principal photography in early 2023.

youngblood Joining the Hamilton Bulldogs, hockey prodigy Dean Youngblood discovers he must confront toxic behavior on the ice and within himself in order to realize his dream of being drafted into the National Hockey League. did. The original film, distributed by MGM, starred Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Keanu Reeves as their feature debuts, and has since become a cult classic among hockey fans.

Written by Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout, Seneca Aaron and Officer, the film will be distributed in Canada by Photon Films. rocket fund. It will be produced by Aircraft’s Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen and co-produced by Jake Yanofsky. Executive producers on the film include Dolphin’s Bill O’Dowd and his Emerson Davis, Photon Films’ Mark Slone and Zanne Devine.

“A lot has changed since then. youngblood Leo, co-founder and co-president of Aircraft, said: “With a visionary director like Charles and the support of our financial partners and Dolphin Entertainment, this adaptation could not have been more successful.”

“in retrospect, youngblood Dolphin Entertainment CEO O’Dowd said: “I’m excited to turn the original story upside down and explore how the themes of family, coming-of-age and masculinity resonate differently today.”

“An opportunity to revisit the beloved classic hockey drama youngblood We’re thrilled to bring to the screen a fresh story centered around an African-American hockey genius.

Officer is an award-winning director whose work includes crime noir features Akira’s Escape, premiered at the 2021 Toronto Festival and won five Canadian Film Awards.Recent BET+/CBC TV Dramas porter, which he also executive produced.When Mighty Jeromewon the 2012 Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary.His television directing credits include the CBS drama ransomNetflix soccer drama 21 ThunderABC rookie blue and NBC’s hope of salvationThe filmmaker is no stranger to hockey, having played professionally when he was drafted by the Calgary Flames’ farm team before trying his hand at directing. He is also a founding member of Canada’s first Black He Screen He Office.

Based in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles, Aircraft Pictures’ recent projects include the upcoming Apple TV+ series. Circuit breaker; Hulu original series holly hobby; anime series a memory from summer for Wild Brain.Oscar-nominated animated feature breadwinner of the family3 television movies based on ; bruno & boots A book series by Canadian young adult fiction author Gordon Corman.paranormal comedy series Todd and the Book of Pure EvilKid Screen Award Winning Single Camera Comedy raise expectationscreated by Tom Saunders (developmental arrest), starring Jason Priestley and Molly Ringwald. Aircraft received a landmark investment from Canadian media and content company Corus Entertainment Inc. earlier this year. This will be key to supporting the company’s growth ambitions to produce quality family entertainment for the global market.

Dolphin Entertainment is an Emmy-nominated creator of television, digital and feature film content. That division is best known for its decade-long partnership with Nickelodeon across a slate of primetime live-action series and movies, including the highest-rated series. Zoey 101Dolphin’s feature films include co-productions with Mattel Max Steel And a Justin Bieber documentary believeAt this year’s Cannes, Dolphin announced a partnership with Imax, which co-funds, co-produces and co-distributes feature-length documentaries.Their first joint slate project was blue angelsIt will also be produced by Bad Robot, Zipper Bros. and Glen Powell. In addition to its traditional production business, Dolphin owns six prominent entertainment PR and marketing agencies, including leading film/TV agency 42West.

Officers are represented by GGA and 3 Arts Entertainment. Aaron by Harrison Artists Management. Epstein and Rideout by Echo Lake Entertainment, Jennifer Hollyer Agency, Michael Schenkman (Goodman, Genow, Schenkman).