VARIETY – Amazon Studios has landed worldwide rights to the U.S. naval aviation documentary “The Blue Angels,” which is backed by production companies of J.J. Abrams and “Top Gun: Maverick” star Glen Powell.
The film, shot with Imax cameras, chronicles a year in the cockpit with one of the world’s top aviator teams, the Navy and Marine Corps flight squadron, through their intense training and aerial touring show. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Powell’s Barnstorm Productions, Zipper Bros Films and Dolphin Entertainment produced the project.
“This fascinating and layered documentary is wholly representative of the kind of work ethic, teamwork, and perseverance that goes into being a Blue Angel,” said Brianna Oh, Amazon’s head of documentary features. “We are incredibly honored to join this talented filmmaking team in bringing their story to audiences around the world.”
The film will play in theaters on a yet-to-be determined date before landing on Amazon Prime Video.
“’The Blue Angels’ will be the theatrical documentary experience of the year, and we’re thrilled to share it with a global audience,” said John Turner, head of documentaries for Imax. “Our partnership with Amazon Studios marks an exciting chapter for Imax as we reimagine how to broaden our original documentaries for a streaming audience. We’re grateful for the enthusiasm and support that the Amazon team has for the project. It reflects the infectious spirit that The Blues have instilled in millions of fans for 80 years.”
The film was directed and edited by Paul Crowder (“UFO”) and produced by Glen Zipper (“Undefeated”) through Zipper Bros Films, Mark Monroe (“Icarus”) through Diamond Docs, and Sean Stuart (“Challenger: The Final Flight”) through Sutter Road Picture Company. Rob Stone, Greg Wooldridge, Imax’s Megan Colligan and John Turner, and Dolphin Entertainment’s Bill O’Dowd and Emerson Davis served as executive producers.
“One of the most remarkable aspects of the Blue Angels’ story is their relentless pursuit of excellence. It’s a message that I think will be as inspiring to the audience as it has been to the filmmakers,” said Abrams, the co-CEO of Bad Robot.
CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and brokered the deal. Dolphin Entertainment co-financed the film.
Written by jen on May 01 2023
Regé-Jean Page, Glen Powell to Star in ‘Butch and Sundance’ TV Series for Amazon From Russo Brothers
Written by jen on September 16 2022
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The ‘Gray Man’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ alums will both exec produce the untitled series from AGBO, with ‘The Eternals’ duo Kaz and Ryan Firpo set to write.
Regé-Jean Page and Glen Powell are headed West.
The Bridgerton alum and Top Gun: Maverick grad are poised to star in an untitled reimagining of Butch and Sundance for Amazon. The straight-to-series drama, which landed at Amazon following a competitive situation with both Disney+ and Peacock bidding, will be exec produced by Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO. Cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo (The Eternals) will pen the scripts for the series, which is envisioned as a larger franchise with multiple series and spinoffs.
Details are slim, and all parties involved declined to comment as deals have yet to close, but sources say the untitled Butch and Sundance series will take place in an alternate America akin to Apple’s For All Mankind and Amazon’s former Man in the High Castle.
The idea for the reimagined Butch and Sundance started with the Russos and AGBO, who brought in Page during their collaboration for Netflix’s The Gray Man. Page will play Butch Cassidy, while Powell will take on the role of the Sundance Kid. AGBO brought in Powell as the co-lead execs at the company are fans of the his. Page and Powell, along with the Russos’ AGBO, then brought in the Firpos to write. Page and Powell will also be credited as exec producers and will continue to remain actively involved in the show’s creative.
Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Otstot and Scott Nemes will also exec produce for AGBO alongside Joe and Anthony Russo, Page and Powell. An episode count has not yet been determined as the project remains in its early stages. A director has not yet been identified.
The new Butch and Sundance extends AGBO and the Russos’ relationship with Amazon, where they already have sprawling drama Citadel in the works. The so-called global event series from the Avengers: Endgame directors and Josh Applebaum and Andrew Nemec is described as a spy thriller starring Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra. The series, which was greenlit in mid-2018, has experienced a round of expensive reshoots amid creative challenges behind the scenes.
The Page-Powell series takes inspiration from 1969’s Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The feature starred Paul Newman as Butch and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid and followed the duo as they were on the run from authorities following a string of train robberies. The pic won four Ocsars, was selected for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and named as the 73rd greatest American film by the AFI.
The AGBO take on Butch and Sundance comes as Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell’s Stone Village TV is also prepping a series based on Charles Leerhsen’s book about the famed outlaws, Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw. The project is currently being shopped with a deal for a writer also in the works, sources say.
Page, for his part, broke out in season one of Shonda Rhimes’ first show for Netflix, Bridgerton. He has the Dungeons & Dragons feature film in the works. He’s repped by CAA, the U.K.’s The Artists Partnership, Johnson Shapiro and Shelter PR.
Powell, in addition to Top Gun: Maverick, counts Netflix’s breakout Set It Up, Hidden Figures, Everybody Wants Some! and The Expendables 3 among his credits. He’s repped by CAA, Johnson Shapiro and the Initiative Group.
The Russos and AGBO are with CAA.