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Wide release date - November 27, 2002


Christian Duguay almost didn't make "Extreme Ops"
The Gazette (Canada) 11 November 2002
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The Official "Extreme Ops" website - from Paramount Pictures

"Extreme Ops" poster, photos and trailer from Empiremovies.com
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"Extreme Ops" trailer shown with "Jackass" - the top box office film for weekend of October 25-27, US
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IMDb -  "Extreme Ops"

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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 Sewell.
Knox News   - release date Nov. 22, 2002

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Box Office Prophets

Extreme Ops

Release Date: TBA 2002

This is exactly why hospitals are such big business.

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 Mullin.

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 Extreme Ops

Main cast Devon Sawa, Rufus Sewell, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Supporting cast Heino Ferch, Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Director Christian Duguay
Screenwriter Michael Zaidan (feature debut)
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Official site N/A
Trailer N/A
Awards N/A

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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.

Paramount Pictures
Theatrical Release:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada\ Austria\ Switzerland
Devon Sawa Will
Rupert Graves Jeffrey
Rufus Sewell Ian
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras Chloe
Heino Ferch Mark
Joe Absolom Silo
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Zoran
Klaus Lowitsch Slobodan Pavle
More ...

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From Yahoo! 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").

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Cinéma Montréal

The Extremists
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Date: 6 septembre 2002
Genre: Action, sports
Réalisé par: Christian Duguay
Écrit par:Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Mullin
Compagnie: Paramount Pictures
En vedette: Rufus Sewel
l, Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson, Heino Ferch, Joe Absolom, Jana Pallaske, Rupert Graves, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Klaus Löwitsch, Heinrich Schmieder, Amanda Dimitri, Ivan Vukov, Troy Yorke

Thurs., Feb. 21, 2002

Picking up the pieces


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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.

The Extremists

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
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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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