Operation Avalanche
Logline: A unique investigation into the CIA’s involvement in the space race.
Production Company:  XYZ Films
Director: Matt Johnson
Executive Producer: Nick Spicer
Producers: Matthew Miller, Lee Kim
Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Sharon Belle
Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles
SSN Insight: Matt Johnson directed, starred in, and co-wrote the 2013 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize-winning film “The Dirties.”

Point Break (Remake)
Logline: An undercover FBI agent infiltrates a globe-trotting eco-terrorism ring made up of extreme athletes who surf, snowboard, motocross, wingsuit-fly, and rock climb.
Production Company: Alcon Entertainment
Director: Ericson Core
Executive Producers: John McMurrick, Devesh Chetty
Producers: Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor, Kurt Wimmer
Cast: Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Édgar Ramírez, Teresa Palmer
Screenwriter: Kurt Wimmer
Details: Remake of “Point Break” (USA/1991) directed by Katherine Bigelow and starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
SSN Insight: Gerard Butler was previously in discussions to play the role of Bodhi, which is being played by Édgar Ramírez.

Logline: A female FBI agent crosses the Mexican border with law enforcement companions in an effort to capture a drug lord.
Production Companies: Thunder Road Pictures, Black Label Media, Maple Shade Films
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill, Ed McDonnell
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan
SSN Insight: Roger Deakins, director of photography on “Sicario,” was also director of photography on director Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film “Prisoners,” for which Deakins received an Academy Award nomination.

In a Valley of Violence
Logline: In this tale of revenge in the Old West set in the 1890s, a drifter with nothing to lose aims his sights on the thugs who killed his best friend, receiving unlikely assistance from a young woman who runs the dusty town’s hotel with her older sister.
Production Companies: Blumhouse Productions, Glass Eye Pics
Director: Ti West
Producers: Jason Blum, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok
Cast: John Travolta, Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga
Screenwriter: Ti West
SSN Insight: Ethan Hawke also starred in Blumhouse-produced “The Purge” and “Sinister.”


Punk’s Dead
Logline:  The story of Salt Lake City punk rockers Sean, Heroin Bob, Eddie, and John the Mod continues.
Production Company: Liberty Spikes Productions LLC
Director: James Merendino
Producer: Andrea Kreuzhage
Cast: Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal, James Duval
Screenwriter: James Merendino
Details: Sequel to “Slc Punk!” (USA/1998) directed by James Merendino and starring Matthew Lillard, Michael Goorjian, and Annabeth Gish.
SSN Insight: Original “Slc Punk!” cast members Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal, and James Duval all returned for “Punk’s Dead” to reprise their roles.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Logline: Paul Blart is attending a security guard expo in Las Vegas with his daughter, where he’s mocked by casino security until he helps them take on a group of dangerous art thieves.
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Production Companies: Happy Madison Productions, Broken Road Productions, Hey Eddie Productions, Oops Doughnuts Productions
Director: Andy Fickman
Producers: Todd Garner, Adam Sandler, Kevin James
Cast: Kevin James, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez
Screenwriter: Kevin James, Nick Bakay
Details: Sequel to “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (USA/2009) directed by Steve Carr and starring Kevin James.
SSN Insight: Filmed at the Wynn in Las Vegas.  The filmmakers received $4.3 million in tax credits for filming in Nevada.

Criminal Activities
Logline:  Four friends participate in a sketchy investment opportunity, which puts them in danger.
Production Companies: Capacity Pictures, Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures
Director: Jackie Earle Haley
Executive Producer: Mark Benton Johnson
Producers: Wayne Rice, Howard Burd, Micah Sparks
Cast: John Travolta, Michael Carmen Pitt, Dan Stevens, Jackie Earle Haley
Screenwriter: Robert Lowell
SSN Insight: Feature film directing debut of Jackie Earle Haley.

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