XLRATOR Media & Benattar/Thomas Begin Production on Action-Thriller "The Base" for 2017 Release on "Turbo" Action Label

LOS ANGELES - XLrator Media and Benattar/Thomas Productions announced the start of principal photography on the action-thriller THE BASE, starring Cam Gigandet (The Magnificent Seven, Twilight) and directed by Jesse Gustafson (Day 39).  XLrator Media will release the film worlwide in 2017 on its “TURBO” action label.

Based on an original story by Nigel Thomas and Rick Benattar and written by Guy Stevenson (The Last Heist), THE BASE stars Cam Gigandet as the leader of a “Dirty Dozen” band of military prisoners who have to fight off a terrorist attack on the remote “black site” prison in which they’re being held, which, unknown to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility. 

Director Jesse Gustafson is a military veteran and a Columbia Film School graduate who has directed and performed in over 40 stage productions.  HIs film work includes writing and directing the short film Day 39, which was a finalist for a student Academy Award in 2015, and writing “Ace of Spades,” which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalist. 

The film is produced by Rick Benattar, Nigel Thomas, Barry Gordon and Michael Radiloff and has been fully financed by The Fyzz Facility with Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones coming on board as Executive Producers. 

THE BASE is the fourth action-thriller from Benattar/Thomas Productions as part of an overall production and global distribution deal with XLrator Media. The companies have previously partnered on PARADOX starring Zoe Bell and Malik Yoba and the upcoming releases THE LAST HEIST starring Henry Rollins (in theaters June 17, 2016) and THE FIXER starring Tom Hopper (”Black Sails”) (in theaters November 4, 2016). 

“We are thrilled to work on THE BASE with Jesse Gustafson, a fresh and exciting new filmmaker.  The film is reminiscent of classics like The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes.  Movies we love that truly blur the line between the good guys and the bad guys.  It’s a great story and we can’t wait to bring it to a global audience,” said Rick Benattar.

One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2016. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s Jimi: All is by My Side starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits Housebound, The Mule and The Diabolical. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels and the PACE multicultural film label. The company launched its first OTT channel with the MACABRE Collection on Hulu and co-produced 400 Days which was released by Syfy Films. The company previously released such diverse films as The Machine, CBGB, American Mary, Storm Surfers 3D, Banshee Chapter, Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Five Star.

With a mission to produce innovative and commercial film and television, Benattar/Thomas Productions was launched in October 2015 by leading indie producers Rick Benattar and Nigel Thomas who, between them, have credits on over 100 titles that have earned over a billion dollars in worldwide grosses and garnered over 300 awards, nominations and festival selections.

Owned and managed by film producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, The Fyzz Facility works with filmmakers to offer bespoke financing solutions for independent feature films. Over the last 5 years, the company has procured over $85m of investment into more than 100 feature film trades. Some highlights include CAKE starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington, BAFTA winning THE SURVIVALIST from writer/director Stephen Fingleton, Kurt Russell cowboy epic BONE TOMAHAWK and HEIST starring Robert De Niro. Forthcoming titles include STX’s THE FOREIGNER starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, Martin Scorsese’s historical thriller SILENCE starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and the adaptation of the New York Times bestsellers THE YELLOW BIRDS.www.thefyzz.com / Twitter@thefyzz