Star of 90210 and Call Me Fitz signs on to love story about wine and frogs
May 6, 2010, (Vancouver, B.C.) – Jason Priestley has been signed to direct Mud Puppy, a rom-com set in wine country. The new feature film from Angel Entertainment and Lexico Productions follows a playboy wine-lover battling a female environmentalist for control of a special vineyard after a colony of near-extinct frogs is discovered mating among the rare vines. Inspired by a true story about amphibians clinging to life in an Okanagan vineyard, the film is about the quest for love, survival, and a really good Bordeaux.
Priestley says what attracted him to the screenplay was that "it's a lot like a great wine: strong characters, subtle themes, big bold humor, and a great finish."
As it turns out, it's a perfect fit. A self-confessed "cork dork", Jason can relate to the central conflict of the film. Jason co-hosts the celebrity wine-tasting series Hollywood and Vines and he co-owns a winery in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. The Black Hills Estate Winery is renowned for its award-winning and hard-to-get Bordeaux blend "Nota Bene".
Mud Puppy has received strong development support from Telefilm Canada and Corus' "Made With Pay" fund.
It is slated to go to camera in July and August, 2011.
Priestley, perhaps best known for his role as Brandon Walsh on the hit series Beverly Hills 90210, heads the cast of the new series Call Me Fitz, scheduled to air later this year. Previous directing credits for Priestley include The Other Woman and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.
Previous credits for Bob Crowe and Wally Start of Angel Entertainment include the TV-series Rabbit Fall and the feature film Stained, screening at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The script is by BC-based screenwriter Monica Hilborn, who happens to like both wine and frogs.
For more information, please contact:
Angel Entertainment Corp
Lexico Productions Inc.