Newly formed development and production company Action Xtreme announce today their debut feature production, action sci-horror THE EXPERIMENT, will start filming at Rebellion Studios in Oxfordshire, UK, this summer.
THE EXPERIMENT, which promises to be a unique, atmospheric thrill ride, was conceived by British-Chinese writer-director, Chee Keong Cheung, who heads up Action Xtreme and will also direct. Cheung previously wrote, directed and produced the ambitious independent action/horror film Redcon-1, executive produced by Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi, Desperado), Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) which was released internationally with sales made to Netflix for UK, Canada, Australia as well as Showtime in the US and theatrically released in Latin America, UK and Japan.
A global entertainment company with a targeted focus on grassroots talent growth, development & training, Action Xtreme, an offshoot of UK production and distribution company Sovereign, has a remit to develop franchisable film, TV and online action content for a worldwide audience.
Set in 2080, in a world recovering from catastrophic nuclear war, THE EXPERIMENT follows an elite Spec-Ops team, led by Captain Ava Stone, sent on a rescue mission into a top-secret military research facility after a rogue employee takes a group of scientists hostage. The mission soon turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the team face a relentless and savage onslaught from countless mutated flesh-eating creatures, unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.
Filming will take place at Rebellion Studios in Didcot, a dedicated 12-acre complex which includes a 25,000 square-foot soundstage. Co-founded by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley in 1992, Rebellion is one of world’s most successful independent studios best known for the Sniper Elite, Zombie Army and Alien vs. Predator video game series. Rebellion operates across games, board games, motion capture, books, comics, TV and film. It is the publisher of one the world’s largest English language comic book catalogues including the legendary 2000 AD, the home of Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper.
Joining the production of THE EXPERIMENT is acclaimed director of photography Derek Rogers (Cube, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), production designer Jamie MacWilliam (The Machine, Rezort) and film editor Martin Hunter known for his work on Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and The Shining as well as other films such as Event Horizon and Mortal Kombat. The creature design is currently underway by Josef Rarach (Solomon Kane) and his company FX Creator, with the creature builds in Prague. Casting is by Dan Hubbard and Rory Okey.
The Experiment is produced by Andreas Roald, Chee Keong Cheung and Ioanna Karavela (Redcon-1). The script was written by Alistair Cave, Matthew Thomas Edwards and Oliver Morran (Every Last one of Them), from a story by Chee Keong Cheung.