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Big Finish

Writer - Rudy De Luca & Martin Guigui
Director - Martin Guigui

 


A one of a kind film featuring the greatest comedy legends of all time!

The story of a showbiz retirement home being threatened by a real estate mogul who tries to turn it into a casino resort.

A group of hilarious residents, played by legendary comic actors, rally to take over the facility and save the place they call home.

 

PRODUCTION OVERVEW

Status: In active Prep and casting
Release: Fall 2014
Filming Location: Los Angeles, CA
Production Company: Sunset Pictures, That's Hollywood
Writer/Director: Martin Guigui (Beneath The Darkness, The Bronx Bull,
Changing Hearts, Swing, Cattle Call)
Writers: Rudy De Luca (High Anxiety, Life Stinks, Silent Movie)
Martin Guigui (The Bronx Bull, Oy Vey My Son is Gay, Cattle Call)
Producers: John Moffitt (Comic Relief, Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais)
Dahlia Waingort (The Bronx Bull, Swing, Cattle Call)
Scott Reed (The Bronx Bull, All's Faire in Love, Amy Alyson Fans)
Ron Singer (The Bronx Bull, All's Faire in Love, Amy Alyson Fans)
Casting Director: Pemrick/Fronk Casting (Lord Of The Flies, One False Move, House of 1000 Corpses)
Cast (Attached): Tim Conway
Garrett Morris
Don Rickles
Jerry Lewis
Bob Newheart
Mary Tyler Moore
Debbie Reynolds
Cloris Leachman
Others...
Target Cameos: Robin Williams
Sarah Silverman
Ben Stiller
Mike Epps
Kevin Hart
Others...
Budget: $3 million USD
 

CURRENT CAST

Don Rickles Tim Conway
Bob Newhart Cloris Leachman Mary Tyler Moore
Debbie Reynolds Garrett Morris Jerry Lewis
 

COMPARABLES

 
Worldwide Box Office
$136,836,156
Worldwide Box Office
$85,313,124
Domestic Box Office
$70,172,621
Worldwide Box Office
$7,097,002
 

FILMMAKING - IMPROV STYLE

Writers Rudy DeLuca and Martin Guigui have written a hilarious script that allows the cast to improvise in the style of Christopher Guest, legendary writer/director Mel Brooks, Sasha Baron Cohen, Steve Carell, Larry David and countless others who have had enormous box office success using this "improv" style of filmmaking.

   
Additional Comps:  
BEST IN SHOW Budget $4.6 million
US Gross $18,604,000
BLAZING SADDLES Budget $2.6 million
US Gross $119,500,000
BORAT Budget $18 million
US Gross $260,000,000
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Budget $2.8 million
US Gross $86,300,000
40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN Budget $26 million
US Gross $168,283,000
 

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Sunset Pictures is a film production company whose mission is to create great timeless stories for the cinematic medium.

Now in its 7th year of operations and headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, Sunset has successfully produced and financed award winning movies, worked with legendary Hollywood stars and has partnered with major studios for the distribution and marketing of films worldwide.

Sunset's current slate focuses on branded entertainment including "Iron Chef" The Movie, "The Roy Orbison Story", "A Christmas Wedding", "National Lampoon's Mexican Vacation".

Most recently Sunset completed "The Bronx Bull" to be released later this year.

President Martin Guigui is an award winning filmmaker and Grammy nominated music producer with extensive expertise in all aspects of production. Dahlia Waingort has developed and produced numerous projects and is head of operations and production. The Sunset team and staff are highly respected in the independent film space, and have established agreements across the board with all the production unions including IATSE, Teamsters, SAG, DGA and WGA. Sunset has an impeccable track record and strong relationships with all the major talent agencies (CAA, ICM, etc).

For more info see: www.sunsetpictures.net

 

MARTIN GUIGUI

Writer/Director
 
Martin Guigui has directed 8 Films, written 12 screenplays and Executive Produced 8 movies. Guigui has also produced over 30 music albums. Born in Buenos Aires Argentina, son of Famed Symphony Orchestra Conductor Maestro Efrain Guigui, Martin had a highly eclectic upbringing in New York, Puerto Rico and Vermont. Guigui began his film career while a student at Hofstra University and soon thereafter won several student film festival awards for his shorts and documentary films. Guigui worked the New York stand-up circuit, caroused as a writer at Saturday Night Live, was an editor/sound engineer at ABC News, Produced documentaries for PBS highlights including music driven documentaries with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Sun Ra. Guigui also enjoyed acting stints, starring in the indie cult classic "Time Chasers." Guigui then wrote his first feature film, "My X-Girlfriend's Wedding" and went on to direct and star in the quirky comedy with Dom DeLuise and Debbie Gibson. Tooted by Rolling Stone as the "Spinal Tap of wedding receptions" the culty favorite won critical acclaim garnering "Best Comedy" and "Audience Favorite" awards throughout the festival circuit worldwide thus establishing Guigui in the indie film world.

Guigui's landmark second directorial effort "Changing Hearts" (Faye Dunaway, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Ian Sommerhalder and Rita Coolidge) enjoyed critical acclaim and found it's way to Golden Globe consideration in three categories including "Best Song". Martin has since directed the award winning "Swing", National Lampoon's smash "Cattle Call", the indie cult classic "Benny Bliss And The Disciples Of Greatness", Dennis Quiad's new thriller "Beneath The Darkness" and "The Bronx Bull" which he also penned.

A grounding quality of Martin Guigui's heart and soul is his extensive musical background. Mentored by his Father, Martin began playing Violin at the tender age of four and made his concert debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at the ripe age of 12 when he played Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Major. As an accomplished pianist and Hammond B-3 organ player, he has performed and recorded beside John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Jose Feliciano, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joan Osborne, Grace Potter, Eric Johnson, Bo Didley, Phish, Smokey Robinson, Laverne Baker, Sandra Wright, Bill Sims, Don McClean and has opened for Eddie Money, Talking Heads, Mathew Sweet, Steve Forbert, NRBQ and produced among others Bret Michaels, Smokey Robinson, The Slip, Jim Infintino, Jamie Lee Thurston, Gordon Stone, Kip Meaker and Chad Hollister. Guigui, a Grammy voting member is a skilled composer whose work has appeared in Independent Films, Network Television, National Radio and children's programming. Guigui has received numerous Billboard Awards for his songwriting, ASCAP Performance Awards, Caesar Award and Best Director at the USA Film Festival for "Swing". He has twice been honored by the City Of Los Angeles for his contributions as an artist to music education. Martin is co-founder and President of Sunset Pictures which also houses Old School Records, a music label. Martin Co-founded The First Time Film Festival and is dedicated to charities Prevention Of Child Abuse, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, Ear Candy, Rock For Diabetes, Cancer research and is a founding member of the Unity Foundation where he performs charity concerts regularly throughout the world. Guigui is a member of the DGA, WGA, SAG, NARAS, ASCAP. Martin was a standout high school basketball player and currently plays in the "Entertainment League" with the likes of Adam Sandler, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, Sugar Shane Mosley, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Brian McNight, Justin Timberlake and many other stars and members of the entertainment industry who love to play the game. Guigui was recently awarded an honorary degree from Hofstra University and is a recipient of the Estabrook Award.

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