Boss Level

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Boss Level
Boss Level poster.jpg
Official release poster
Directed byJoe Carnahan
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Chris Borey
  • Eddie Borey
  • Joe Carnahan
Story by
  • Chris Borey
  • Eddie Borey
Starring
Music byClinton Shorter
CinematographyJuan Miguel Azpiroz
Edited byKevin Hale
Production
companies
Distributed byHulu
Release date
  • February 25, 2021 (2021-02-25) (Australia)[1]
  • March 5, 2021 (2021-03-05) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$45 million

Boss Level is a 2021 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Carnahan and written by Carnahan and Chris and Eddie Borey, from a story by the Boreys. It stars Frank Grillo as a retired special forces soldier who tries to escape a never-ending time loop that results in his death. Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts and Michelle Yeoh co-star.

The film was originally announced in 2012 as Continue, and was developed by Carnahan at 20th Century Fox, but it did not move forward. Boss Level was formally announced in November 2017, and was produced by Carnahan, Grillo, Randall Emmett and George Furla. Filming took place in Georgia from March to May 2018. The film was originally scheduled to be released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures on August 16, 2019, but was delayed. It is scheduled to be released on March 5, 2021, by Hulu.

Premise[edit]

Roy Pulver, a retired special forces soldier, finds himself trapped in a sinister program which results in a never-ending time loop leading to his repeated death.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In January 2012, Joe Carnahan announced that he was working on the film, originally titled Continue, for 20th Century Fox, and described it as "Groundhog Day as an action movie."[3] In May 2012, it was reported that Fox was moving forward with the project.[4] In September 2012, Carnahan posted screen tests that he had filmed with actor Frank Grillo on Twitter, saying he was sharing them "to show you how cool this movie could have been..."[5]

In November 2017, it was reported that Grillo and Mel Gibson were negotiating to star in the film, now titled Boss Level, with Carnahan writing and directing.[6] Further casting continued in March 2018 with the additions of Will Sasso, Naomi Watts, Annabelle Wallis and Rob Gronkowski.[7][8][9][10] Filming began that month in Savannah, Georgia.[11][12] Ken Jeong, Mathilde Ollivier, Selina Lo and Michelle Yeoh joined the cast the following month.[13][14]

In April 2018, filming took place in Atlanta, including in Pullman Yard, the Oakland City MARTA station, and near the Georgia Aquarium. Filming also took place in Decatur.[15] A restaurant scene was filmed in Atlanta on May 12 and 13, 2018.[16] On May 13, Screen Daily reported that filming had wrapped.[17] The film's budget was $45 million.[18]

Release[edit]

In April 2018, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[19] It was scheduled to be released on August 16, 2019,[20] but missed its release date.[21]

A special free advance screening of the film, sponsored by entertainment website Collider, was held at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on February 11, 2020, followed by a Q&A session with Grillo and Carnahan.[22][23]

In June 2020, Entertainment Studios dropped the film.[18][21] In November 2020, the U.S. distribution rights were acquired in an eight-figure deal by Hulu.[24] It is scheduled to be released on March 5, 2021.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Event Cinemas: Boss Level. Event Cinemas https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/Movie/Boss-Level. Retrieved 27 February 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Boss Level". The Film Catalogue. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  3. ^ Yamato, Jen (January 9, 2012). "Joe Carnahan Talks Killing Pablo and Continue, Described as 'Groundhog Day as an Action Movie'". Movieline. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Brown, Todd (May 30, 2012). "BREAKING: Joe Carnahan's CONTINUE Moving Ahead At 20th Century Fox". Twitch. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Chitwood, Adam (September 6, 2012). "Joe Carnahan Shares Frank Grillo Screen Tests for GROUNDHOG DAY Actioner CONTINUE". Collider. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (November 15, 2017). "Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo In Talks For Joe Carnahan-Directed 'Boss Level'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Pedersen, Erik (March 13, 2018). "Will Sasso Joins Mel Gibson-Frank Grillo Action Thriller 'Boss Level'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 26, 2018). "Naomi Watts Eyes Action Movie 'Boss Level' With Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on December 5, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (March 27, 2018). "Annabelle Wallis Lands A Lead In 'Boss Level'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 28, 2018). "Rob Gronkowski Goes Hollywood After All, Joins Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson in Action Movie "Boss Level" (Exclusive)". The Tracking Board. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Filming in March: Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo Star in Action-Thriller Boss Level". Production List. Film & Television Industry Alliance. February 12, 2018. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  12. ^ Project Casting (March 10, 2018). "Mel Gibson's 'Boss Level' is Now Filming in Georgia". Project Casting. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 5, 2018). "Ken Jeong & Mathilde Ollivier Join Mel Gibson In 'Boss Level' Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Frater, Patrick (March 20, 2018). "Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh Join Cast of 'Boss Level' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on June 6, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  15. ^ Walljasper, Matt (April 27, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Stranger Things, Boss Level, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets; plus SNL gets an Atlanta host". Atlanta. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  16. ^ Caldwell, Mary (May 9, 2018). "Now casting: Mel Gibson film seeking Asians". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  17. ^ Kay, Jeremy (May 13, 2018). "Highland unveils deals on action film 'Boss Level' with Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Ritman, Alex (June 30, 2020). "Mel Gibson Has Busy Film Slate Despite Renewed Anti-Semitism Claim". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (April 16, 2018). "Joe Carnahan's 'Boss Level' Bought by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios". Variety. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  20. ^ Crow, David; Baxter, Joseph (May 10, 2019). "Boss Level: Release Date and Details for Mel Gibson Actioner". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  21. ^ a b Evangelista, Chris (November 23, 2020). "'Boss Level', a Joe Carnahan Time Loop Movie Starring Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson, Heads to Hulu". /Film. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  22. ^ Weintraub, Steve (February 7, 2020). "L.A. Readers: Win Free Tickets to Our Advance Screening of 'Boss Level' with Q&A". Collider. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  23. ^ Weintraub, Steve (February 18, 2020). "An Extremely Candid Q&A with 'Boss Level' Filmmakers Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo". Collider. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  24. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (November 23, 2020). "Hulu Strikes U.S. Deal For Frank Grillo Action Sci-Fi Movie 'Boss Level'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  25. ^ Highfill, Samantha (January 12, 2021). "Frank Grillo's Boss Level to premiere on Hulu in March". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.

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