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Afterburn Starts Filming with Dave Bautista and Samuel L. Jackson

Filming is underway on the action-adventure movie Afterburn, starring Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy and Dune films), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios franchise), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Black Widow), and Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones).

The film is directed by J.J. Perry, who recently helmed Lionsgate’s The Killer’s Game, also with Bautista. Afterburn is adapted for the screen by Matthew Johnson and Nimrod Antal from the Red 5 Comics title of the same name.

Afterburn Starts Filming with Dave Bautista and Samuel L. Jackson

The picture is produced by Neal H. Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise) and Toby Jaffe (Total Recall) for Original Film, and Steve Richards (RocknRolla, Unknown) for Endurance Media. Bautista will also produce for Dogbone Entertainment, along with Jonathan Meisner (Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy) and Chris Milburn (Strangers).

Black Bear introduced the film to buyers at the EFM earlier in the year and will continue selling it in Cannes. CAA Media Finance represents the US rights.

Ten years after a solar flare wiped out technology across the globe, ex-soldier Jake (Bautista) works as a treasure hunter, recovering valuable objects from the Old World for powerful clients.

His latest mission: team up with freedom fighter Drea (Kurylenko) to recover the Mona Lisa before an unhinged warlord gets there first.

Before transitioning to directing, J.J. Perry was widely regarded as one of the most skilled Second Unit Directors and Stunt Coordinators in the business, regularly collaborating with directors such as Ang Lee, Chad Stahelski, Justin Lin, and Spike Lee.

This led to Perry’s 2022 directorial debut, Day Shift, a Netflix action comedy starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, and Snoop Dogg. He recently wrapped his second feature, The Killer’s Game, which also stars Dave Bautista and will be released by Lionsgate.

Bautista is represented by CAA, Meisner Entertainment Group, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Jackson is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

Kurylenko is represented by Agence Adequat, Independent Talent Group, and Untitled Entertainment. Hivju is repped by Panorama Agency, UTA, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan. Perry is repped by WME, Holly Jeter and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.