Ron Perlman and George Finn have signed on to star in the criminal action thriller, Savage Mutts. Written and directed by Nika Agiashvili, Savage Mutts will be produced in conjunction with Energy Entertainment's Independent division.
Scheduled to begin production in Los Angeles in January, Savage Mutts centers on Terry "Shotgun" Coburn (Perlman), who after he is released from maximum security prison sets out on a path of revenge and rampage through the criminal underworld, as he seeks out a final confrontation with his brother - a dark and powerful crime boss. Project has been described as being in the vein of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels.
Agiashvili will also produce through his Storyman Pictures banner, along with Energy Independent's Brooklyn Weaver (Out of the Furnace) and Derrick Eppich - with Circus Road's Glen Reynolds and Zac Reeder handling worldwide sales. Here's what Brooklyn Weaver had to say about the project.
"Nika is a writer-director whose Ex-Soviet Republic Georgian background brings a raw, edgy, darkly comedic sensibility to his characters and storytelling- which talent is clearly reacting to. He fits squarely into the gritty, "partners-in-crime" brand we've been cultivating here at Energy... I'm excited to help bring his vision for Savage Mutts to life."
Agiashvili recently collaborated with Perlman on Freedom, a short film that is part of the Georgian omnibus, Tbilisi, My City which is currently in post-production. In addition, Agiashvili produced and directed the Van Vlahakis biopic, A Green Story starring Ed O'Ross, George Finn and Shannon Elizabeth that will be released in April 2013 by Indican Pictures.
Energy Independent was launched in February 2012 by Energy Entertainment owner Brooklyn Weaver with private equity and foreign sales partners that fund development - to package and produce projects budgeted at $15 million and under, which typically fall outside the traditional Hollywood studio system. Next up for Energy Independent is hi-concept contained actioner High Value Target, by writer-director Spenser Cohen - which states Weaver has partnered with Vinson Films to produce.