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THE DOUBLE (2011)

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Release Date: October 28, 2011
Studio: Image Entertainment
Director: Michael Brandt
Screenwriter: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Odette Annable
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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CREW INFO

MICHAEL BRANDT (Director, Writer) / DEREK HAAS (Producer, Writer)

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas are the force behind such engaging, fast-paced, kinetic screenplays as 2008’s blockbuster “Wanted.” Brandt and Haas’ adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel starred James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and grossed $339 million worldwide.

The pair recently wrapped production on THE DOUBLE, which marks Brandt’s directorial debut. They wrote the screenplay together and the film was shot in Detroit. The film is about a retired CIA agent who has to work with a younger FBI agent to solve a senator’s movie. The Hyde Park film stars Martin Sheen, Richard Gere, Stephen Moyer, Topher Grace, Stana Katic, and Odette Yustman, and will be released in 2011.

Brandt and Haas are adapting the novel “The Thirteenth Hour” for New Line Cinema with Michael DeLuca producing. The story follows a man falsely accused of brutally murdering his wife who is given an opportunity to go back in time, in one hour increments for 12 hours, to find and stop his wife’s killer before it’s too late. 

Brandt and Haas also adapted “The Matarese Circle,” based on Robert Ludlum’s novel, for MGM with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler producing. Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise are attached to star and David Cronenberg will direct. They are also writing the next installment of “Beverly Hills Cop”for Paramount with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing and Brett Ratner directing.

Brandt and Haas first met at Baylor University in 1989, where they attended both undergrad and graduate school. At Baylor, Brandt received an MA in Film and Haas graduated with an MA in English Literature. The duo started writing screenplays together in the mid 1990s.

Their first produced work, Universal’s “2 Fast 2 Furious,”has amassed over $236M in worldwide box office. In September 2007, Brandt and Haas wrote the number one box office film, the remake “3:10 To Yuma,” starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, directed by James Mangold.

In addition to their thriving writing partnership, Brandt has been hired to direct “Countdown,” based on the Richard Matheson short story “Death Ship” with Haas producing and both Brandt and Haas writing. Haas’s first novel, “The Silver Bear,” a thriller centered on the life of an assassin, was published by Pegasus books (distributed by Norton) in July 2008.

Ashok Amritraj (Producer)

A landmark figure in contemporary entertainment, Ashok Amritraj has produced or executive produced over 100 films during the span of his 30-year career, with a worldwide gross in excess of $1 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood, and produced films starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Nic Cage, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and Richard Gere, among many others.

As Chairman and CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment, Amritraj has grown the company into a cutting-edge independent alternative to the traditional Hollywood studio system, fully realizing his vision of a progressive global company that incorporates the most essential elements of a full-fledged studio. Hyde Park’s offerings encompass live-action, animation and cross-cultural cinema, and is capable of developing, producing and financing projects, as well as handling international sales and marketing.

Amritraj's Hyde Park and Imagenation Abu Dhabi partnered in November 2008 on a $250 million financing deal to develop, produce and distribute up to 20 feature films over seven years – with additional financing for the production of cross-cultural films.  In October 2009, they extended their partnership to create a strategic alliance with Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA).  Under the deal, Hyde Park Imagenation Singapore was launched to fund three to four films a year worth an estimated production value of 75 million USD over the next five years. 

In addition to the September release of “The Double”, Amritraj’s pictures in post-production include GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D in partnership with Sony, starring Nicolas Cage and slated for release on Feb 17 th, 2012, LOST CHRISTMAS, a holiday film produced in partnership with the BBC starring Eddie Izzard and Jason Flemyng, and LEONIE, a US/Japanese co-production.

Amritraj’s international sales arm, Hyde Park International is headed by veteran Mimi Steinbauer and in addition to handling Hyde Park’s own titles represents other major studio movies such as Robert Rodriguez’ “Machete,”, and indie fare including Richard Linklater’s award-winning “Bernie”, and Big Beach’s forthcoming “Our Idiot Brother.”

Amritraj produced the successful box-office hits, “Bringing Down the House,” starring Steve Martin and Academy Award-nominee Queen Latifah, and “Premonition,” starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon. His most recent releases include the critically acclaimed “Traitor,” starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce. February 2009 saw the release of Amritraj’s 100 th film, “Street Fighter,” through 20 th Century Fox, based on the iconic video game.

Additional releases include “Dreamer,” starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning through DreamWorks SKG, which opened in the number 2 spot at the U.S. box office, the Golden Globe nominated “Bandits,” directed by Barry Levinson starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.” and “Death Sentence,” released by 20 th Century Fox and starring Kevin Bacon and Kelly Preston. Amritraj also enjoyed a successful box office with the Kate Hudson feature “Raising Helen,” which was directed by Hollywood legend Garry Marshall and “Walking Tall,” which starred The Rock. Several of Amritraj’s pictures have been released to critical acclaim, including The Walt Disney Company release “Shopgirl,” starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes and the drama/romance “Moonlight Mile,” directed by Brad Silberling, starring Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter.

In addition to the various awards garnered by his films, Amritraj received a special award from the American Indian Foundation (chaired by President Bill Clinton) for “making India and Indians proud’. He received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress for Exemplary Public Service to the People of the United States of America, and the Producer of Vision Award for “exceptional foresight and insight, and creative contribution to the enrichment of humankind”. Amritraj was named “Producer of the Decade” by the Spirit of India Foundation, and the Indian International Film Festival awarded Amritraj for his “extraordinary contribution by an Indian in international cinema.” Korn/Ferry International recently named Amritraj one of the Most Influential South Asian Executives in Media and Entertainment.

Amritraj served on the Foreign Film Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was a member of Los Angeles Board for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the International Council for the Emmy Awards.

Amritraj was a former tennis professional, having played in every major tennis event including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Patrick Aiello (Producer)

Patrick Aiello  was the Executive Vice President of Production at Hyde Park Entertainment and the key development / production executive of the mini major for six years.  Aiello oversaw a multi-genre mainstream slate for Hyde Park’s co-financing production and distribution deal with 20th Century Fox and Hyde Park's subsequent equity financing arrangement with ImageNation / Abu Dhabi.  Aiello also serviced all other major studio relationships for the company.

Multi-Hyphenate Aiello co-wrote and is producer on such highly commercial, four-quadrant feature development projects as “Bumper to Bumper” and “The White Shadow” for 20th Century Fox and “Marine Mammals” and “Witches” for Walt Disney Pictures. 

  

In 2003, Hyde Park Chairman Ashok Amritraj brought Aiello into the mini-major with a first-look producing deal, and in 2005, Aiello transitioned into Hyde Park’s Senior Executive post, where he fulfilled company’s tent-pole mandate for their new co-production deal at 20th Century Fox with such commercial fare as the high-concept comedy “New Year’s Steve.”

From 2006 thru 2008, Aiello executive produced “Asylum” at MGM and produced Hyde Park’s self-financed film “Street Fighter” for 20th Century Fox.   Aiello also produced Hyde Park’s Thomas Jane 3D thriller, “The Dark Country” for Sony Pictures.

In 2009, Aiello executive produced two of Hyde Park’s features – “Leonie,” the life story of artist Isamu Noguchi, followed by the much anticipated comic book adaptation of ‘Dylan Dog’, “Dead of Night,”starring Brandon Routh from “Superman Returns".

In 2010, Aiello produced Michael Brandt and Derek Haas' ("A-Team", "Wanted" & "3:10 to Yuma") original spy-thriller "The Double" starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen and Stephen Moyer. 

JEFFREY KIMBALL, A.S.C. (Cinematographer)


Jeffrey Kimball has been impressing audiences with his cinematography for four decades and still continues to do so, with several projects currently in the works. He began working as director of photography in the seventies with his first project “On the Line,” a documentary about desert motorcycle racing. In the eighties, Jeffrey worked on one of his most notable projects, “Top Gun,” which quickly became iconic, and followed it up with “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Working with some of the most skillful actors and directors, he continued over the next two decades with films such as “True Romance,” “Mission Impossible II,” which earned him a Satellite Award nomination, and most recently, “Four Christmases” and “The Expendables.” His upcoming films to look out for include “Valley of the Sun."

STEVEN MIRKOVICH, A.C.E. (Editor)

THE DOUBLE adds to Steven Mirkovich’s more than thirty feature film credits as a film editor. His career includes earlier cult classics like John Carpenter’s “Big Trouble in Little China” and blockbusters such as, “Con Air,” “Broken Arrow,” “The Ghost and the Darkness,” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Steven recently completed a six month editing stint on Sony’s hit action/comedy “The Other Guys,” directed by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell. Reviewers singled out Steven’s outstanding editing on “16 Blocks,” a Richard Donner film. He is un-credited on many high profile features where his experience is used to doctor films.

Born in Oceanside, California, to a Marine Captain who worked in the film unit, his first job was in the mail room at Warner Brothers, where he worked his way into the editing department. By his early twenties he was an assistant to some of the top editors of the day, and was credited as film editor on his first feature film by age 29. Steven is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/Film Editing Branch and the American Cinema Editors.

GILES MASTERS (Production Designer)

Giles Masters was born into a Film Family: his mother was BAFTA winning actress, Heather Sears and his father the visionary Production Designer/Art Director Anthony Masters (“2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lawrence of Arabia...”) - also a BAFTA recipient and nominee of the Academy for Best Design.

Giles’ career has spanned over twenty-nine years in the film industry, working in Art Departments through the grades of Draughtsman, Assistant Art Director, Art Director, Supervising Art Director to Production Designer. His credits to date include thirty-five feature films, six television features and a television mini-series, as well as work on many commercials.

Giles’ successful career speaks for itself. His most recent credits, on a number of notable feature films, are: as Production Designer on: “THE DOUBLE” and “Leonie;” as Supervising Art Director or Art Director on: “Fred Claus,” “Angels & Demons,” “The DaVinci Code,” “Van Helsing,” “Sahara,” “Shanghai Knights,” “The Mummy Returns,” “The Mummy,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Event Horizon,” “First Knight” and “Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves.” Both “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” earned Giles two nominations for the Guild Award for Excellence in Design.

Giles is a member of IATSE and BAFTA. He has also been a member of the British Film Designers Guild for over twenty years, served on the Guild’s Committee for fifteen and been Secretary for eight.

In addition to being a designer, Giles also has garnered significant attention from notable Production companies with his screenwriting ability. His screenplay portfolio includes over 18 original projects: ranging from High Concept Action Adventure to Romantic Comedy to Drama to Historical Biopics and he has also written and illustrated a Graphic Novel.

Giles Masters is represented by The Gersh Agency.

Aggie Guerard Rodgers (Costume Designer)

Aggie Guerard Rodgers graduated with a master's degree in theatre costume design from Cal State Long Beach in 1970. Immediately following, she moved to San Francisco where she was the last and most fortunate costume designer to interview for “American Graffiti.” Although she had no experience in film costume design, she hit the jackpot as production manager James Hogan realized she understood the script: Hogan asked, "Do you know anything about dragging the main?" And she replied matter-of-factly, "My sister has a '54 Ford with no door handles." Hogan excused himself, returned with George Lucas and all came to realize that the director and Aggie graduated high school the same year 20 miles apart in California's Central Valley. From the very beginning, Aggie's personal connection to the material she takes on was ingrained in her work.

Firmly settled in the Bay Area, she has since found herself a member of the area's tight clique of filmmakers working time and again with George Lucas (“American Graffiti,” “The Return of the Jedi”), Francis Ford Coppola (“The Conversation,” “The Rainmaker,” “Jack”), Chris Columbus (“Rent”), Philip Kaufman (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”), and John Korty (“A Farewell To Manzanar”). She has remained in the Bay Area her whole career, travelling to Los Angeles and to locations around the globe whenever work strikes. Such ventures outside the Bay Area have seen her paired with Milos Foreman (“One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest”), Ron Howard (“Cocoon”), Tim Burton (“Pee Wee's Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice”), Norman Jewison (“In Country,” “The Hurricane”) and an Academy Award Nominated collaboration with Steven Spielberg (“The Color Purple”).

Born in Fresno, California, 1943 to F.A. Reid Guerard and John Guerard. Met Peter Laxton in 1979 and married in June 1980. They have two children: James Laxton, a young cinematographer, and Thomas Laxton, a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Directed by
Michael Brandt

Screenplay by
Michael Brandt and Derek Haas

Produced by
Patrick Aiello .... producer
Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei .... executive producer
Ashok Amritraj .... producer
Ed Borgerding .... executive producer
Stefan Brunner .... associate producer
Andrew Deane .... producer
Manu Gargi .... co-producer
Derek Haas .... producer
Louis Hagney .... production executive
Jules Kovisars .... production executive
Tali Lipa .... associate producer

Original Music by
John Debney

Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball

Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich

Casting by
Kelly Wagner

Production Design by
Giles Masters

Art Direction by
Caty Maxey

Set Decoration by
Erin Boyd

Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Makeup Department
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor
Shannon Bakeman .... additional hairstylist
Kevin J Edwards .... key hair stylist
Kimberly Jones .... makeup artist
John Tarro .... additional hairstylist

Production Management
Damien Lubiak .... unit production manager
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Grinder .... second unit director
Pratik Narula .... second assistant director
Trevor Rogas .... second assistant director

Art Department
Christian Barr .... graphic designer
Jerry Bingham .... storyboard artist
Hilary Bristoll .... art department coordinator
David Burgis .... art department production assistant
Grace Culbertson .... art department production assistant
Cheryl Gould .... leadperson
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
Corey Kovoch .... art department intern
Jenny E. McCracken .... charge painter
Paul Peabody .... construction coordinator
Drew Pinniger .... assistant property master
Kathleen A. Runey .... lead painter
Jerry Sanders .... set dresser
Taryn Shick .... art department intern
Vicki Stefanopoulos .... art department research
Matthew S. Stinson .... second assistant property master
Samantha Watson .... set decorating pa
Michael A. Watt .... set buyer
Anthony Yarbrough .... set dresser

Sound Department
Jim Brookshire .... supervising sound editor
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Linda Di Franco .... dialogue editor
Dennis Grzesik .... sound mixer
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Tula Snoeck .... boom operator
Chris Terhune .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects editor

Special Effects by
David J. Barker .... special effects technician
Ken Gorrell .... special effects coordinator
Skylar Gorrell .... special effects technician
David Scheper .... special effects foreman
Todd Tucker .... special effects makeup

Visual Effects by
Sean Findley .... visual effects producer
Mitch Gonzalez .... visual effects animator
Troy Morgan .... visual effects supervisor

Stunts
Ele Bardha .... stunt player
David Barrett .... stunt coordinator
Matt Berberi .... stunt double: Topher Grace
Lance Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Craig Gubert .... utility stunts
Logan Holladay .... stunt double
Cody Bo Kruger .... stunt double: Richard Gere
Isaac remy Laurent .... stunt player
Dan Lemieux .... stunt player
Darcy Leutzinger .... stunt performer
Matt McColm .... stunt double
Martin Wheeler .... fight coordinator
Martin Wheeler .... stunt double: Richard Gere
Phil Dugas .... uncredited

Camera and Electrical Department
Mark David Adler .... key video assist
Big Pete Atkinson .... additional second camera
Danny Brazen .... key grip
Brent Christy .... rigging electrician
Nick Cutway .... camera loader: second unit
Dan Delgado .... gaffer
Mike DiVito .... electrician
Michael Dzialowski .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ryan Faulkner .... additional rigging electric
David Favenyesi .... lighting technician
Makram Fehri .... technocrane operator
Makram Fehri .... technocrane technician
Bryce Fins .... camera production assistant
Jule Fontana .... film loader
Hollywood Heard .... rigging gaffer
Lawrence Henning .... crane technician
Robert B. Henning .... crane operator
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ken Jackson .... rigging electric
Mark Karavite .... camera operator: b
Brandon Kovatch .... rigging electric
Robert Leverett .... rigging best boy electric
Chris Miller .... rigging electrician
Jody Miller .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ted Nimz .... electrician
Vern Nobles .... second unit: director of photography
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Todd 'Chin' Piepenbrok .... best boy electric
Trevor Rios .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Erik Rubner .... electrician
Creig Symons .... grip
Jorge Sánchez .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeff Urbanowicz .... rigging electrician
John Wendling .... dolly grip
Greg Wolfe .... lighting technician

Casting Department
Michael J. Babcock .... extras casting assistant
Ryan Hill .... extras casting
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Kathy Mooney .... casting director: Michigan
Dominika Posserén .... casting associate
Janet Pound .... casting director: Michigan

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yuna S. Haney .... costumer
Brittany Pask .... key costumer

Editorial Department
Tim Mirkovich .... additional editor
Nathanael Sherfield .... editorial intern
Paul Harb .... additional editor (uncredited)

Music Department
Tony Morales .... composer: additional music

Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... transportation captain: additional filming
Demond Dickerson .... driver
Darrel Foley .... driver: honeywagon
Russell Hicks .... driver: production van
David B. Jackson .... driver: cast
Ken Kupchick .... driver
Bill Neckrock .... driver
David Schmidt .... transportation captain
Erik Von Hof .... prop truck driver
Charlie Wright .... transportation coordinator

Other crew
Andrea Amato .... first assistant accountant
David Artushin .... key assistant location manager
Ernest Belding .... location manager
Richard 'Rick' Bobier .... stand-in for Richard Gere
Melissa Bradac .... assistant: Richard Gere
Erik Bright .... unit publicist
Eric Carlson .... craft service
Red Chu .... second assistant accountant
Chris-Teena Constas .... location scout
Ian Courtney .... key set production assistant
Nathan Cykiert .... set intern
Ideene Dehdashti .... additional set production assistant
Brenda Dixon .... cat wrangler
Mary Dixon .... cat trainer
Mike Dougherty .... assistant to Ashok Amritraj
Todd Feaser .... location manager: DC Unit
Jacob Fields .... set intern
Miles Fineburg .... set intern
Marc Fiorentino .... assistant to Patrick Aiello
Marc Fiorentino .... production executive
Ashley Franklin .... assistant production coordinator
Geoffrey Gilbert .... set intern
Timothy Hardin .... production accountant
Douglas C. Harris .... stand-in for Martin Sheen
Allie Hock .... office production assistant
Karen M.C. Kane .... assistant: Michael Brandt
Jules Kovisars .... production executive
Shane Labowitz .... production assistant
Dar Larizadeh .... balloon coordinator/owner
Cedric N. Lee .... location assistant
Tali Lipa .... production accountant
Shayna MacLeod .... key assistant location manager
Connie Mangilin .... payroll accountant
Glen McGee .... production assistant
Jonathan Reich .... location manager: DC unit
Steven Schlick .... location scout
Julie Sifuentes Etheridge .... production assistant
Joshua L. Stevens .... body double: Topher Grace
Joshua L. Stevens .... stand-in: Topher Grace
Tiffany Stone .... stand in: Odette Yustman
Tiffany Stone .... stand in: Odette Yustman
Belinda Tantalo .... location assistant
Robert Van Norden .... production coordinator
Greg Haines .... photo double/stand-in: Richard Gere (uncredited)

Source: IMDb
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