I’ll cut to the chase… After a long and insane career in this whackadoodle business they call Hollywood, my first credited big budget film is finally coming out on March 9. It was originally called Category 5, and has now been renamed The Hurricane Heist. A name, I’ll admit, I did not like at first. But it’s since grown on me. It’s simple and to the point. You know what you’re going to get. A heist… during a hurricane. Bingo.
The original poster.
Seeing my name in the credits and on the new posters is a weird feeling, I’ll admit. Although, I did not do this alone. No freakin’ way. Nothing in this business is ever done alone. Hell, none of this would have even happened if it weren’t for two incredible producers and two of my favorite people, Howard and Karen Baldwin. They believed in me. They believed that this crazy horror writer could come along and dive into this big budget disaster flick, and give it its just due. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I came along after other amazing people had already put their spin on the material. Yet, I was the last screenwriter on the project so hopefully you’ll see my own stamp on the final product. In the end you’ll see screenplay credit by the writer before me, Scott Windhauser, and myself. And trust me when I say you definitely Rob Cohen’s signature on every single aspect of this film. This is his baby.
The French Version of the poster, simply called Hurricane.
Now, I mentioned that this is my first credited big budget film. While this may be the case, this is far and away not my first rodeo. Those who know me are very aware of my history. I’ve sold movies. I’ve sold TV shows. I’ve written published comic books and graphic novels. I’ve written and co-directed video games. I’ve written episodes. I’ve written radio plays. I’ve had a career so eclectic and bizarre, I went from paying my dues working as an assistant to Michael Shamberg at Jersey Films back in the day… to a place where Jamie Lee Curtis was quoted in TV Guide saying that I was personally partially responsible for her return to TV. Hell, I feel like I’ve done pretty much everything you can do in this business EXCEPT have a final credit on a big budget film. So if there are people out there that still think these things just happen overnight, they are heartily mistaken. There are years of history that lead up to almost all pivotal moments.
The Korean version of the poster.
In the near future, I’m going to write a longthy blog post that explains what it’s like to be a successful “unsuccessful” writer in Hollywood. This is someone that may be successful in his craft, in his business, and amongst his peers, and yet the outside world thinks you’re “unsuccessful” solely because they don’t see your credits. Trust me, this business is FAR beyond just credits. Stay tuned for that upcoing post because I feel that my speaking about that topic is a long time coming.
For now, I just wanted to give those around me a little “coming out party” for my first, big budget, credited movie. Technically, the “coming out party” was a few nights ago on EXTRA when they unveiled the world premiere of the US trailer, but this is my own little self version.
Enjoy all the posters, and now please enjoy the first official trailer for our little opus. If you DIDN’T think they were going to use Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane, you’d be wrong… dead wrong. Now all you all have to do it go see it IN THEATERS everywhere on March 9, 2018.