Universal nabs Jungle

May 21st, 2013

Universal City Studios Productions LLP have acquired Welcome to the Jungle for all remaining territories including the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Benelux and South Africa. The deal has been negotiated by Robert Aaronson and Samantha Horley and the film is due for a summer release. Shot in Puerto Rico, directed by Rob Meltzer and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Adam Brody, it premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival where it won the award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking (ensemble cast).

Producers are Justin Kanew and Luillo Ruiz for Pimienta, Puerto Rico based sister production company of The Salt Company who secured financing and are handling international sales, where the film has already enjoyed significant success. Written by Jeff Kauffmann and also starring Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone and Dennis Haysbert.

Adam Brody plays Chris, an ex-boy scout who is a weakling in his workplace and regularly bullied by Phil (Huebel). When the whole office is sent on a wilderness retreat in an excruciating team building exercise headed up by unhinged ex Marine “Storm” (Van Damme), Storm is promptly attacked by a tiger, Phil assumes leadership, and chaos quickly follows. It’s up to Chris to man up and release his inner beast… or they may be stuck there forever.

Director Rob Meltzer is a comedy commercial director who has collaborated with actors such as Larry David and Neil Patrick Harris and brands such as Virgin America, Expedia.com and Yamaha Motors.

Producer Justin Kanew is an independent producer who has recently been running Production and Development at National Lampoon. Film credits include National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus starring Will Sasso and National Lampoon’s Adam and Eve starring Emmanuelle Chriqui.

Producer Luillo Ruiz is a former commercial producer having made over 200 commercials with brands including Pepsi, Budweiser, and Verizon. Film credits include The Caller starring Stephen Moyer and Rachelle Lefevre and Maldeamores (Lovesickness) which became the most successful local film in history in Puerto Rico.

Co-producers are Alan Duncan Ross and Charley Cabrera. Associate Producers are Belly Torres, James Norrie and Mark Cartier. Executive producers are Stephen Hays and Peter Graham of 120db Films; and Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley and Cyril Mégret of The Salt Company.

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