Friday, May 4, 2018

Wondercon - Bad Samaritan - Dean Devlin and Brandon Boyce Interview

Photo Credit: James Vallesteros

Brandon Boyce was born in Staunton, Virginia. He graduated from The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, MO., and earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Los Angeles.

As a screenwriter, his past films include Apt Pupil, (based on the novella by Stephen King), Wicker Park and Venom. He also adapted the Thomas Thompson true-crime classic, Serpentine, for William Friedkin. He was the first screenwriter to adapt any of Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” novels with his screenplay for Killing Floor.

For television, he adapted the international best-selling novel, “Let The Right One In,” for series.

He is the author of two critically acclaimed Western novels, “Here By The Bloods” and “Storm’s Thunder,” and will soon begin work on the third installment of the “Harlan Two-Trees Trilogy.” His next novel is a contemporary crime-thriller. His short fiction has appeared in several literary journals.

As an actor, he played ‘Jim Rivaldo’, advisor to Sean Penn’s ‘Harvey Milk’ in Milk, (SAG Award nominee for Best Performance by a Cast). In addition to his performance in Bad Samaritan as FBI agent ‘Vaughn Elliot’, he has also appeared regularly on the MTV series “Teen Wolf”, and in numerous commercials. He began his theatrical career at The Virginia Stage Company in “A Christmas Carol” and has appeared on stage at McCarter Theater and numerous regional theaters. In Los Angeles he appeared with Gregory Harrison and William Atherton in the award-winning revival of “Child’s Play” at the Coast Playhouse. He studied at Playhouse West and McCarter Theater

DEAN DEVLIN Director/Producer
An acclaimed writer, producer and director of blockbuster films and highly-rated television projects, Dean Devlin serves as chairman and CEO of Electric Entertainment, the full-service film, television, worldwide sales & distribution company, and studio he founded in May 2001, which also houses Electric Post, a state-of-the-art digital effects and post production facility.

Over the last twenty-five years, Devlin has been a prolific provider of crowd pleasing film and television fare, including producing and co-writing some of the most successful feature films of all time - Stargate, Godzilla and Independence Day -- which grossed more than $800 million worldwide. Devlin recently completed production as Executive Producer and Showrunner on the fourth season of TNT's The Librarians”, which premiered in 2014 and stars Noah Wyle, Rebecca Romijn and John Larroquette.

Also under the Electric banner, Devlin produced Flyboys, Eight-Legged Freaks, Cellular and the critically acclaimed documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? Just prior to forming Electric Entertainment, Devlin produced the Mel Gibson period drama, The Patriot, which was nominated for three Academy Awards® and earned Gibson a People’s Choice Award for Best Actor.

In television, Devlin executive-produced five seasons of the fan favorite “Leverage”, the action-packed TNT series starring Oscar®-winner Timothy Hutton. Devlin also executive-produced three Librarian movies of the week for TNT, starring Noah Wyle, the success of which led to the “Librarians” series. In 2005, along with Bryan Singer, he executive produced the Emmy-winning SyFy project ”The Triangle.”

Electric has recently entered the domestic distribution space and has released Rob Reiner’s historical biopic LBJ starring Woody Harrelson as well as The Book of Love starring Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams

Two young men who valet cars at a local restaurant develop a clever scam to burglarize the houses of the restaurant's customers. Things go smoothly until one robs the wrong customer and discovers a woman being held captive. Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman and returns the car to the restaurant. Filled with guilt, he makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate. Now, the valet must endure the wrath of the kidnapper who seeks revenge on him, all while desperately trying to find and rescue the captive woman he left behind.

Carlito Olivero, Kerry Condon, and Jacqueline Byers with JBN Journalist Joseph Flores

Bad Samaritan is a thrilling cat and mouse story of a petty thief who stumbles upon a woman being held captive.

I had been wanting to work with Brandon Boyce ever since he wrote the screenplay for “Apt Pupil”. So when he sent me his spec script for Bad Samaritan and asked my advice, I told him “my advice to you is to sell me this script immediately and let’s make this together.” Having read it, I immediately fell in love with the story, and I was drawn to the ethical dilemma of our lead character. While his ethics are loose in his everyday life, he still believed he had a moral code. But after he discovers a woman in mortal jeopardy and leaves her behind, he’s mortified with himself for making such a horrible decision. He can’t live with the idea that he is a horrible coward who would abandon an innocent person in danger. When it comes down to it, he’s willing to risk everything, including his own life, to rectify his terrible decision.

In the end, the biggest driving force behind this movie was passion. We were lucky enough to not need a studio to back us; we were simply able to say, “We love this movie, we love these actors, we’re going to make it.” Bad Samaritan takes everything we’ve been building at Electric Entertainment and focuses it on one project. This isn’t a studio film, this doesn’t have a giant machine behind it, it has the people in this building and on set who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making this picture. And this movie ended up being one of those lucky things where I got my dream cast and got to film in my home away from home in Portland, OR. Aside from the behind the scenes storytelling of how this movie got made and why it got made and who worked on it, it’s like rooting for your family to succeed and it holds a great deal of emotional weight for me.

Jacqueline Byers                                        Dean Devlin


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

  • Dean's mother, Pilar Seurat, had a supporting role in the Star Trek (1966) episode, Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold (1967), and she brought home a "phaser gun" souvenir for him. He was a young sci-fi fan.
  • Son of Don Devlin and Pilar Seurat.
  • Stepson of Don Cerveris.
  • His voice and intonation sounds very similar to that of Barack Obama.
  • Attended high school with Kevin Spacey.
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