An Update On Michael Landon Junior and his latest project..........
A little more than a year ago, a film crew and cast that included "Ghostbusters" actor Ernie Hudson was the object of gawking on the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder as they shot the formerly-named "Chistmastime."
Now news comes from the filmmakers that the movie is complete, that it's renamed "Heaven Sent" and that it should be out by Christmas — in 2016.
Rick Ramage, writer and producer of "Heaven Sent," said the film was completed in October and on track for a 2015 release, but the unexpected dissolution of the film's majority owner, Cantinas Entertainment, around that time disrupted progress on distribution.
"The good news is that we did finish it," Ramage said. And he offered more good news about the film, which was directed by Michael Landon Jr., son of "Little House on the Prairie" actor Michael Landon: "I'm really proud of it. Michael really did a wonderful job."
Ramage is now looking at other buyers and distribution options for "Heaven Sent," but he and Landon, as part-owners of the film, have some control over its commercial fate, and he expects it to be released in time for the holidays next year, he said.Ernie Hudson who had a character role in LHOTP's "Chicago" in a scene from Heaven Sent......................
The movie is about a couple whose troubled marriage gets a boost from an 8-year-old runaway from Heaven, according to a summary at imdb.com. It stars Marley Shelton ("Sin City") and Christian Kane (TV's "Leverage").
The crew shot the film for several weeks in Boulder and Denver. The focus of the Boulder portion of the shoot was a storefront on the mall between Broadway and 13th Street that served as a fictional business called Poet's Walk. The cast included about 150 Boulder-area residents who worked as extras, and 95 percent of the crew was from Colorado, Ramage said.
"We had a fantastic shoot in Boulder and Denver," said Ramage, a Colorado resident. "Everyone was phenomenal."
He praised the city of Boulder, the Colorado Film Office and the governor's office for their support of film.
"Gov. Hickenlooper gets film, he understands how it can impact the economy," Ramage said. "You're actually dumping a lot of money into the community."
"Heaven Sent" was filmed on a $3.6 million budget.
Ramage is now working on two scripts for films he's determined to make in Colorado, he said. One is a ghost story for which he had Boulder specifically in mind. He likes how the city combines a cosmopolitan feel with a pretty appearance.
"Boulder is so picturesque, it's hard to find that look anywhere else," he said.