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Wide release date - November 27, 2002
Christian Duguay almost didn't
make "Extreme Ops"
The Gazette (Canada) 11 November 2002
"Extreme Ops" website - from Paramount Pictures
"Extreme Ops" poster, photos and trailer from
thanks to Liam, webmaster at EmpireMovies.com
"Extreme Ops" trailer shown with "Jackass" - the top box office
film for weekend of October 25-27, US
IMDb - "Extreme Ops"
Ops" Photo Gallery IMDb
Extreme Ops - Skiers and snowboarders filming their stunts
accidentally film a war criminal hiding in the mountains and then must use their skills to
save their lives; with Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Rufus
Knox News - release date Nov. 22, 2002
Release Date: TBA 2002
This production was originally known as The eXtremists, but has recently switched off
to the current title. We haven't been able to confirm if there was a problem with the
syndicated TV show of the same name or not. Michael Zaidan makes his feature-film debut
with the screenplay for this film, based on a story by Timothy Scott Bogart and Mark
The movie is about a film crew that travels to the Austrian Alps near the border with
the former Yugoslavia. They are planning to film three extreme-sports enthusiasts trying
to outrun an avalanche for the ultimate Superbowl commercial. However, they don't realize
that they're filming near the secret hideout of a Serbian war criminal. They accidentally
catch him on film and end up in a life-and-death chase through the mountains. From there,
this movie becomes a stuntman's paradise. They try to elude him with skiing, white-water
rafting, snowboarding, and vehicles including helicopters and motorcycles.
Production took place in early 2001 on this picture. The filming occurred in such
extreme-sports locations as the Rocky Mountains and the Austrian and Swiss Alps. Other
shooting happened in Vancouver and Berlin. The budget of the film has been reported as $40
million. One other production note: Producer (and professional skier) Werner Koenig was
killed in an avalanche while scouting locations for this film in Switzerland, eerily much
like the plot of the film. (Marty Doskins/BOP)
Vital statistics for
||Devon Sawa, Rufus
||Heino Ferch, Jean-Pierre Castaldi
||Michael Zaidan (feature debut)
September 20, 2002
|Extreme Ops (2002)
A film crew travels to the Austrian Alps near the (former) Yugoslav border to film three
extreme sports enthusiasts being chased down by an avalanche for a commercial. What they
don't know is that they're filming near the secret hideout of Slobodan Pavle, a Serbian
war criminal. Accidentally catching him on film, they become locked in a life-or-death
chase through the mountains that includes skiing, snowboarding, sky diving, white water
rafting, helicopters, motorcycles and base jumping.
|Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada\ Austria\
Movies - August 13, 2002
Release Date: November, 2002 (wide)
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Title Note: (2/27/02) This project was originally known as The eXtremists, but is now
looking for a new title. (8/13/02) The trailer, which is now in theaters with XXX,
reveals the title to now be in "Extreme Ops" (formerly listed as "Untitled
Extreme Sports Action Project").
Tough economic times have forced indie producers to be more proactive about finding
and tapping the sources of funding available in Europe and around the globe. Following
are three films in various budget ranges that combined traditional forms of financing
with tax shelters and other options.
Dir.: Christian Duguay
Cast: Devon Sawa, Rufus Sewell, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Prods.: Apollo Media, Extreme Prods.
Sales: MDP Worldwide
U.S. distrib: Paramount
Budget: pproximately $20 million
Financing: official British-German co-production: 10% U.K. sale-and-lease-back
(Grosvenor Park), 20% German fund (Apollo Media), 12% Luxembourg tax credits, 6% Canadian
tax shelter and pre-sales
Locations: Austria, Germany, Canada
30 May ,2001 The Vancouver Sun
The action-adventure film The Extremists, which has been filming in Berlin and Austria for
several months, is in the Vancouver area for a few weeks shooting additional footage,
including snow scenes (where they can find it) in the mountains.
The German-British co-production is being directed by Christian Duguay and stars Rupert
Graves, Rufus Sewell, Devon Sawa and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
In the story, a commercial director (Sewell) and producer (Graves) go on location near the
Yugoslav border to film a scene of skiers being chased down a mountain by an avalanche.
Unfortunately, they're shooting near the hideout of a Serbian war criminal, whom they
accidentally catch on camera. The villain and his cronies assume the film-makers are with
the CIA and a tense, action-packed chase ensues through the remote mountains.
The film is a potpourri of helicopter crashes, snowboarding, skiing, sky diving, base
jumping, white-water rafting and cross country motorcycling.
Last Monday found cast and crew shooting train sequences in Langley.
09 May 01
thanks to Renata of Global Roof for
Action-Thriller in the Alpine Snow (Berliner Morgenpost, 9 may 2001)
Having completed filming in Austria and Switzerland for the film "The
Extremists", a German-British co-production, the crew has landed in studios 1 and 2
of the fx.Center in Babelsberg. That where special effects scenes involving gondolas
(ed. I'm assuming we're talking aerial lift gondolas, not Venice, ha ha) and helicopters,
as well as water and explosives. In the Tonkreuz Sud (literally: southern audio-cross) a
snowy landscape has been created out of styrofoam.
"The Extremists" is an action-thriller that takes place in the Austrian Alps. A
team working with advertising film specialist Ian wants to shoot breath-taking stunts
there, but initially hits upon unpredictable natural forces which make their work
difficult. A battle for basic survival begins when the crew encounters Pavle, a Serbian
war criminal and terrorist who was thought to have been dead. From then on the getting the
desired film shots is the least of their worries. Chased by Pavle and his followers, Ian
and his team set off on a breakneck flight through the mountains.
"Snowboarding, skiing, sky diving, base jumping, white-water rafting and motocross
(cross country motorcyling) are in this film" reported producer Jan Fantl yesterday,
"we're making a film for the whole family, although we fear that worried parents will
hate the film." The cast and crew comprises 125 people. The director is Christian
Duguay, whose last film was "The Art of War". The overall budget for the film is
26.1 million dollars, according to Fantl.
Acting in front of Hannes Hubach's camera are, among others, Devon Sawa, Bridgette
Wilson-Sampras, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Graves, Jana Pallaske, Joe Absolom, Jean Pierre
Castaldi, Liliana Komorowska, as well as Germans Heino Ferch und Klaus Luwitsch.
After the scenes in Babelsberg the team will go off for further filming in the Rocky
Mountains in Canada.
Variety - April 6, 2001
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