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Mystery/Thriller Doonby Begins Production: John Schneider, Jenn Gotzon and Robert Davi Lead All-Star Cast.
What happens when a mysterious drifter shows up in a small Texas town?
Doonby, a mystery/thriller with a surprise ending, will begin principal photography in May in and around Spiderwood Studios near Austin, Texas. The film, written and directed by British filmmaker Peter Mackenzie, centers around a mysterious drifter who arrives in a small Texas town.
The leads include John Schneider (Smallville) as Sam Doonby, Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon) as his love interest, Joe Estevez (Soultaker) as her father and Robert Davi (Die Hard) in the role of the town`s Sheriff. Jennifer O`Neil and Ernie Hudson complete the cast.
"In some ways Doonby is a modern retelling of It`s A Wonderful Life, but with a little more edge," Mackenzie said. Yet the central question remains the same: What would the world look like if we hadn`t lived?
When Sam Doonby, a mysterious, handsome drifter arrives in a small Texas town and tends bar at Leroy`s Blues Bar where his great musical talents make him popular, he attracts the attention of Laura, the daughter of a rich gynecologist. Although Doonby always seems to be in the right place at the right time to avert disasters befalling the town and its people, when suspicion and jealousy drives them to ask who he is and where he comes from, he disappears as quickly as he came and things start to go horribly wrong.
The production team is led by writer/director Mackenzie, producers Tommy Warren (The Inner Circle), Mark Joseph (Cupid) and Mike Mackenzie, and director of photography Peter Field (Tomorrow Never Dies, Troy, Lara Croft Tomb Raider).
"Peter`s written an amazing screenplay that we`re looking forward to shooting, " noted Joseph. Finding the right actors to play these inspired roles has been a lot of fun for Peter and me. We`ve found the perfect team we need to tell this great story that Peter has written. "
Warren`s new studio, Spiderwood Studio, is specifically designed for films like Doonby. Complete with three sound stages, state-of-the-art animation and special effects facilities, and a 200-acre backlot with fields, forests and the Colorado River, the studio is equipped to handle big-budget productions in addition to smaller -scale films.
The film`s marketing will be helmed by MJM Entertainment Group that has participated in the marketing of 21 other films including Holes, Ray, Because of Winn Dixie, Narnia, Facing The Giants and The Passion of The Christ.
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