Tower set to begin in February
October 10, 2002 (Sitges, Spain)
Spanish distrib-producer Negro y Azul Group has announced two international projects top-lining Belgian action stalwart Jean-Claude Van Damme. Juan Montilla Eslava's Negro y Azul will co-finance the movies through its production-distribution arm American Films Cinema. For both, it has teamed with Philippe Martinez's British company Bauer Martinez, which will co-produce the films. The two actioners are Tower and After Death.
Tower, a $16 million-$20 million action thriller, will be scripted and helmed by Van Damme himself in his first behind-the-cameras outing since 1996's The Quest. A 10-week shoot will start in February in Spain and Thailand. The pic follows a former motorbike world champ (Van Damme) who's in a coma after an accident in Thailand. He imagines himself attempting to surmount obstacles in a seven-level tower in order to save himself. Van Damme told a Madrid press conference that the pic will present his more human side.
After Death, directed by Ringo Lam (Maximum Risk, Replicant), and also a $16 million-$20 million thriller, explores Sixth Sense-type extra-corporeal sensations. The project is now in rewrite.
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