Newly formed development and production company Action Xtreme announce their debut feature production, action sci-horror THE EXPERIMENT, will start filming at Rebellion Studios in Oxfordshire, UK, this summer.
THE EXPERIMENT, which promises to be a unique, atmospheric thrill ride, was conceived by British-Chinese writer-director, Chee Keong Cheung, who heads up Action Xtreme and will also direct. Cheung previously wrote, directed and produced the ambitious independent action/horror film Redcon-1, executive produced by Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi, Desperado), Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) which was released internationally with sales made to Netflix for UK, Canada, Australia as well as Showtime in the US and theatrically released in Latin America, UK and Japan.
A global entertainment company with a targeted focus on grassroots talent growth, development & training, Action Xtreme, an offshoot of UK production and distribution company Sovereign, has a remit to develop franchisable film, TV and online action content for a worldwide audience.
Set in 2080, in a world recovering from catastrophic nuclear war, THE EXPERIMENT follows an elite Spec-Ops team, led by Captain Ava Stone, sent on a rescue mission into a top-secret military research facility after a rogue employee takes a group of scientists hostage. The mission soon turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the team face a relentless and savage onslaught from countless mutated flesh-eating creatures, unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.
Filming will take place at Rebellion Studios in Didcot, a dedicated 12-acre complex which includes a 25,000 square-foot soundstage. Co-founded by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley in 1992, Rebellion is one of world’s most successful independent studios best known for the Sniper Elite, Zombie Army and Alien vs. Predator video game series. Rebellion operates across games, board games, motion capture, books, comics, TV and film. It is the publisher of one the world's largest English language comic book catalogues including the legendary 2000 AD, the home of Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper.
Joining the production of THE EXPERIMENT is acclaimed director of photography Derek Rogers (Cube, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), production designer Jamie MacWilliam (The Machine, Rezort) and film editor Martin Hunter known for his work on Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and The Shining as well as other films such as Event Horizon and Mortal Kombat. The creature design is currently underway by Josef Rarach (Solomon Kane) and his company FX Creator, with the creature builds in Prague. Casting is by Dan Hubbard and Rory Okey.
The Experiment is produced by Andreas Roald, Chee Keong Cheung and Ioanna Karavela (Redcon-1). The script was written by Alistair Cave, Matthew Thomas Edwards and Oliver Morran (Every Last one of Them), from a story by Chee Keong Cheung.
Further details on cast will be announced shortly.
ABOUT ACTION XTREME
ACTION XTREME, headed by award-winning director, writer and producer Chee Keong Cheung, is taking the action genre to a new level in the UK, creating and supporting a variety of action-based content, utilising the tremendous wealth of talent the UK has to offer.
Action Xtreme is the first major action studio in the UK, a global entertainment company with a targeted focus on grassroots talent growth, development & training, and a remit to develop franchisable film, TV and online action content for a worldwide audience.
Action Xtreme is born from a love of great action movies, classic and new and from around the world. The company aims to distil this passion into a range of new movies to thrill and excite action fans worldwide.
Action Xtreme is a division of Sovereign, a UK-based media and entertainment company committed to empowering creative voices, telling important stories across film, theatre, music and the arts.
Founded in 1992, Rebellion is one of the world’s most successful independent studios. Its flagship Sniper Elite series is renowned for its authentic stealth and sniping gameplay with more than 20 million players worldwide. The latest game in the franchise, Sniper Elite 5, was released in May 2022 to critical acclaim. 2000 AD is synonymous with the absolute finest in British comic book art. With the acquisition of a $100m film studio and the world’s largest archive of English language comics, Rebellion continues to go from strength to strength.
Rebellion now operates across books, comics, TV and film, but at its core it’s still a leading developer and publisher of games. Whether it’s the breath-taking intensity of the Sniper Elite, the face-hugging terror of Aliens vs. Predator or the grindhouse frenzy of the Zombie Army series, the Oxford-based studio is revered for creating stand-out games designed to thrill.
Sovereign recently produced Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness, from director Ruben Östlund and starring Woody Harrelson. Sovereign also produced and distributed Memoria, from acclaimed director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, starring Tilda Swinton, which was awarded the Jury Prize in Cannes last year and Bad Luck Banging from director Radu Jude which won the Golden Bear in Berlin last year. Previous credits include The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, and Effie Gray, starring Emma Thompson and Dakota Fanning. Upcoming productions include Inside starring Willem Dafoe, and Eureka starring Viggo Mortensen.