Funny you should ask, TRUE LIFERS.
Here is the latest. We start shooting on the 24th of this month in Catskill, NY. Even as I type, there are legions of RUNAWAY BOYS, LLC production foot soldiers scurrying around the town preparing for the shoot. The city, as I understand it, is pretty much throwing open their doors to us, which is exceedingly cool. They’re giving us access to some great locations, and even, I believe, donating use of an abandoned gymnasium for us to use as our makeshift studio and production HQ.
The director went up there today, and both the line producer and the production coordinator are up there. Sets are being built, etc., etc., etc. Pretty cool.
There will be a week of rehearsal in NYC next week. And who will be our stars, you might ask? Well, I am happy to tell you that I can actually…well…tell you! Finally!
Michael, the male lead, will be played by Aaron Stanford. Those of you who are arthouse movie freaks remember him making googly eyes over Sigourney Weaver–and making out with Bebe Newirth–in the indie hit TADPOLE. Those of you who are comic freaks will remember him as Pyro in X-MEN 2. He’s done a few other movies, as well, and is one of the VERY notable rising stars in H’wood today. We are fortunate to have him.
Carly, our female lead, will be Rachel Leigh Cook. For those of you who have had your heads stuck in the sand over the past five years, two notable films she’s been in are SHE’S ALL THAT and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. She has, however, been in tons more. Even better? She’s a Minnesota girl! I think that’s cool.
The other roles are either cast or being finalized, but I’m not in a position to spill the beans about all that yet.
My past couple of weeks, as you know, has been doing a re-write based on notes I got while I was in NYC. That is done and got mixed reviews by the others involved in the production. We’re going for one more revision push this weekend, where hopefully we will land on a version that pleases everyone–or at least everyone can be reasonably happy with. Unfirtunately, there is a little matter of differing tastes in our little crew, so I am not certain we are going to please all of the people all of the time. In the end, I hope we can simply land somewhere that will help make us a kick ass movie.
Okay…so that’s it for now. I will keep you posted as I know more. I am, like, two hours late on getting some notes over to the producer in NYC. Gotta buzz.