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.
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JASON PRIESTLEY TO DIRECT 'MUD PUPPY'
Romantic comedy centers on battle for frog-plagued vineyard
By Etan Vlessing
May 6, 2010, 06:12 PM ET
TORONTO -- Jason Priestley is set to direct "Mud Puppy," a feature from Angel Entertainment and Lexico Prods. about a playboy wine-lover battling a female environmentalist for control of a frog-plagued wine vineyard.
The romantic comedy is based on a true story about a British Columbia vineyard overcome by pesky amphibians. Monica Hilborn penned the script, and Telefilm Canada and pay TV operator Corus Entertainment helped bankroll development.
No word on casting. Production is set for summer 2011.
Priestley already co-hosts the celebrity wine-tasting TV series "Hollywood and Vines" and co-owns a winery in interior British Columbia.
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Waiting For Columbus Heading For Big Screen
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September 1, 2010, (Toronto, ON) – Angel Entertainment Corp. has optioned the film rights to Thomas Trofimuk's acclaimed new novel, Waiting For Columbus (McClelland and Stewart). Set in a present-day Spanish mental institution, Columbus is a mystery wrapped in a love story between a man who believes he is Christopher Columbus and his psychiatric nurse, who fears the truth is much darker.
Angel Entertainment is in negotiations with KanZaman Productions, Madrid (Kingdom of Heaven, My Life In Ruins, Goya's Ghosts) to coproduce. José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, Letters To Juliet, On The Road) is in talks to adapt the novel for the big screen.
Bob Crowe of Angel says he has big plans for this film. "Waiting For Columbus is an amazing story that challenges both emotionally and intellectually. I'm gratified that Oscar-nominated José Rivera was as attracted to it as much as we were. And to go into production with a company like KanZaman will ensure that this international coproduction attracts the very best of elements."
Denise O'Dell of KanZaman saw the potential for Columbus right away. "We believe this film will have exceptionally strong international appeal, blending a story that spans the old world and the new, a well-known backdrop for an intensely modern drama."
Waiting For Columbus has been described by various authors as "a wonderful, mad mongrel of a book" replete with "landmines planted in your subconscious, waiting to explode with pathos and beauty when you least expect it"; "a riveting meditation on identity, loss, and the fragility of our own life stories" whose central idea is "a masterstroke". The Globe and Mail compares Columbus to D.M. Thomas' masterpiece The White Hotel and to A.S. Byatt's Possession: "Thomas Trofimuk's novel throws you for a loop, pulls you back, twists you around and opens your eyes to the world not just as it was, but as we find it."
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THE SUB-ZERO STORY ROOM
Angel Entertainment is pleased to announce a new development initiative for 2011. "The Sub-Zero Story Room" is a three day event slated to run from February 19th-21st. We are extremely excited and fortunate to be working with Saskatoon's most talented writers and we look forward to developing what we hope will be the next scripted television series produced in Saskatoon. More to come...
WALLY START TO ATTEND NATPE
This January Wally Start will be packing up for the NATPE conference in sunny Miami. Equipped only with a bottle of SPF 30, his marketing prowess and Angel's intellectual property, Wally will be on a mission to stuff the Rolodex with industry contacts, while exploring the international television scene. To be included on Wally's "bawdy postcard" mailing list, please see him after hours.
LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS!
It's a symphony of tape guns and backache at the offices of Angel Entertainment. That's right, Friday January 28th is moving day and we are very excited to get into our newly-renovated offices. Sure, the new neighborhood may be brimming with great pubs and delectable dining, but we promise not to be too distracted. This February, please be sure to stop in and say 'hi' at our new location at 639 Main Street.
ANGEL'S NEW HOME!
We're happy to announce that we've officially moved into our new office space! Please stop by to say 'hello' and check out our fancy new digs.
639 Main Street
ANGEL ENTERTAINMENT AT BANFF
Dufferin and Main will be uncharacteristically quiet for the better part of next week. Yes, the entire staff of Angel Entertainment is trekking west to the Banff World Media Festival with an exciting roster of new television projects in tow. This fun-filled event will mark the first time that many for Angel's staff have been in close quarters for an extended amount of time - so stay tuned for developments on raunchy new nicknames.