Early Details on 2009: Mutants of the Apocalypse

Scorpio Film Releasing has announced that its next production, and most ambitious to date, will be the feature film 2009: Mutants of the Apocalypse, a unique look at a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by outlandishly deformed mutants, ruthlessly violent gangs, corruptible leaders, wasteland temptresses, and the most badass antihero in movie history: Python Diamond.

From the Press Release:
New England genre film director Richard Griffin tackles his loftiest vision yet in an epic production of grand scale action and science fiction. As with Griffin’s other films NUN OF THAT, BEYOND THE DUNWICH HORROR, ATOMIC BRAIN INVASION, and upcoming THE DISCO EXORCIST (read more about that here), 2009: MUTANTS OF THE APOCALYPSE will be a genre inspired adventure movie much like Escape from New York or the Italian “Spaghetti-Apocalypse” films Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians, and Fall of New York. Griffin explains that “with Mutants of the Apocalypse I wanted to return the sci-fi/action film to its roots. Real mayhem and not endless CGI. When you see the action and stunts in the movie, you’ll know it’s the real thing with real stunt men and women putting their lives at risk for your viewing entertainment.”

2009: MUTANTS OF THE APOCALYPSE is loosely based on Scorpio Film Releasing’s short film Mutants of the Apocalypse, their multiple award-winning entry into the 2010 Providence 48-Hour Film Challenge. Expanding on the themes of this ambitious low-budget short, the feature film will broaden the world presented into a full-scale land of chaos, decay, and plays of power, in some ways mirroring our current political situation.

Currently in the pre-production stages, 2009: MUTANTS OF THE APOCALYPSE has a tentative shooting date set for early fall 2011. Because of the level of design and production work, the filmmakers are taking their time to make sure every aspect of this world they are creating is memorable and exciting. Griffin is set to direct with Ted Marr producing. The screenplay is written by Tony Nunes (Zombie Allegiance) and Guy Benoit (Atomic Brain Invasion).

2009: MUTANTS OF THE APOCALYPSE has yet to be cast outside of the lead role of Python Diamond to be played by Gio Castellano (Atomic Brain Invasion and The Disco Exorcist). Casting for the film is expected to continue until late spring.

Also on the Scorpio Film Releasing docket is the 1970’s set THE DISCO EXORCIST, Griffin’s bloodiest, sexiest film yet, which just wrapped principal photography last week and will most likely premiere in February of 2011. The 1950’s sci-fi monster movie ATOMIC BRAIN INVASION, also directed by Griffin will be available soon on DVD.

Check out the Mutants of the Apocalypse short film below, and keep an eye on the Scorpio Film Releasing site for more on all of their upcoming releases.

Early Details on 2009: Mutants of the Apocalypse
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