Bruce Willis & John Travolta To Reteam For First Time Since ‘Pulp Fiction’ In ‘Paradise City’; Praya Lundberg Also Stars
EXCLUSIVE: We learned that Bruce Willis and John Travolta appear together for the first time in 27 years in the Chuck Russell-directed action picture Paradise City. Production begins this Monday in Maui, Hawaii.
Willis plays the renegade bounty hunter Ryan Swan, who has to make his way through the Hawaiian crime world to get revenge on the kingpin, played by Travolta, who murdered his father. I was told that the project is similar to Miami Vice, but has bounty hunters instead of cops. The Thai actress and model Praya Lundberg has taken on the female lead.
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Although Paradise City technically repeats the fourth time Willis and Travolta have billed a movie together, they only starred as boxer Butch Coolidge and Mob in the 1994 Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, which sold for $ 214 million -Type Vincent Vega on the screen. Check out the scene in this picture below. Previously, Willis Baby Mikey had spoken to Travolta's daddy James in TriStar's Look Who's Talking and Look Who's Talking Too, which grossed over $ 345 million in 1989 and 1990.
Corey Large, who has produced and executive produced several Willis features including Cosmic Sin, Breach, Apex, Marauders, Acts of Violence, First Kill, Fire With Fire, Extraction, Vice, The Prince, and Precious Cargo, is the co-author of Paradise City his writing partner Ed John Drake. Large has endeavored to form this Willis and Travolta reteam since 2006. Large will also star in the film as part of Willis' bounty hunting posse. Hawaii is a big part of the script and it was important to the production to shoot there, I was told.
BondIt Media Capital finances with 308 large companies. Saban handles domestic sales while The Exchange oversees overseas sales. EPs are Stephen Eads, Johnny Messner, Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor.
Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick of The Exchange, Ruben Islas and Stanley Preschutti of Grandave Capital are executive producers on this project.
Russell has directed hits like The Mask, Eraser and The Scorpion King. He is again overseen by Pacific Artists Management and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman & Clark.
Willis has raised over $ 9.4 billion in feature films worldwide. He recently starred in the Edward Drake-directed films Cosmic Sin with Frank Grillo, Apex and Gasoline Alley with Luke Wilson. Willis also starred in the Randall Emmett-directed thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass. Other recent credits from the Die Hard franchise actor include Motherless Brooklyn and MGM's reboot of Death Wish. The two-time Primetime Emmy winner and Moonlighting's Golden Globe winner is re-signed by CAA, Lavely & Singer and Ziffren Brittenham.
Travolta was nominated twice for best actor at the Oscars for Saturday Night Live and Pulp Fiction. His feature credits, which have amassed over $ 3.8 billion worldwide, include The Fanatic, Hairspray, Face Off, The Thin Red Line, Michael, Phenomenon, Urban Cowboy, Blow Out, Carrie, and Grease. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Film for Get Shorty and a Primetime Emmy in Outstanding Limited Series for Ryan Murphy and FX 'America Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, in which he played NFL star Robert Shapiro's lawyer. Travolta is again looked after by ICM, Artists First, Randi Michel and Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Lundberg was named the first UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador to Southeast Asia in 2017. Her titles include Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, and Grazia. She also led campaigns for Lux and Mistine Cosmetics and is a brand ambassador for Under Armor and Swarovski. Her credits include the TV series Strange Girl in a Strange Land, on which she also produced; and the functions Realms, Bangkok Adrenaline and Maa kap Phra. It will again be looked after by Cavalry Media.
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