Film director and veteran stuntman Jesse V. Johnson will next direct the 3D action thriller Bratva starring Dominique Vandenberg (Gangs of New York) and Yekaterina Rednikova (Russian Academy Award winning The Theif), with additional roles still to be cast. Jesse V. Johnson wrote the script and is also producing with Kevin Lynch and Jeremy Alter of MMJ Productions. Attorney Elsa Ramo is representing worldwide rights.
This high-octane actioner centers on Felix, a prisoner in his own private prison; absolutely isolated from the outside world and the criminal syndicate for whom he once served as a bodyguard. A blood oath undertaken two decades earlier determines that he must now escape. His violent struggle for honor will pit him against the ruthless assassins of the most feared crime organization in the world, Bratva: the brotherhood.
Jesse V. Johnson said, "Bratva 3D is a throwback to the visceral action and martial arts films of the 90's. Truthfully, no one has been able to perfectly capture this type of action in 3D because it is so difficult. On Bratva, we worked for weeks coming up with the right work flow and found the correct formula to properly capture the kinetic action featured in the film. The viewing experience is like no other and we look forward to showing audiences the amazing fight choreography in 3D!"
The film will be shot on the Silicon Imaging SI2K system integrated with the Red Camera. This camera technology allows us to capture the very fast moving, kinetic action that also requires multiple speed changes.
Jesse V. Johnson has written and directed several very successful TV and DVD movies in the US including the recent Grindstone/Lionsgate release (October 19th) The Hitman Diaries: Charlie Valentine starring Raymond J. Barry and Michael Weatherly. He also recently directed The Butcher starring Eric Roberts. Both of these films have been well received critically and have won numerous Film festival awards and honors.
As a stuntman and/or coordinator, Jesse V. Johnson is currently working on some of the most highly-anticipated films of 2011 such as The Green Hornet, Thor, Season of the Witch, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and has worked on the most successful films of all time including Avatar, Planet of the Apes, Beowulf, Charlie's Angels, and War of the Worlds among others.
Jesse V. Johnson is represented by Nima Maleki at management firm Faction M.