“Bullet Train” duo, director-producer David Leitch and his producing partner Kelly McCormick, have partnered with Universal Pictures Content Group for Hollywood stunt performer series “Action.”
The 6 x 60′ series follows elite stunt performers as they push themselves to the limit and risk personal sacrifice for professional success and aims to capture their real lives. It will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of Hollywood’s biggest movie sets including “The Fall Guy,” directed by Leitch and produced by McCormick, a film that celebrates these talented individuals as the crew go about their work as stunt doubles, coordinators and second unit directors on set.
“The Fall Guy” stars Ryan Gosling and the series is expected to feature interviews with him and also with Hollywood action icon Keanu Reeves.
The series, which is currently in post-production, will be produced through Leitch and McCormick’s production and action design company, 87North. The duo serve as executive producers on “Action,” working with producers Josh Oreck (“John Wick, Sherlock Homes) and Chelsea Allen (“Prop Culture”) and director Bridger Nielson (“All Things Must Pass”). NBC Universal Global Distribution is handling international sales.
Leitch said: “My first loves are action films, and the backbone of this genre are the stunt performers who bring their kinetic magic to the screen. Kelly and I are excited to finally shine the spotlight on these unsung, unseen heroes of Hollywood and celebrate the stunt community with ‘Action.’”
Helen Parker, executive VP, Universal Pictures Content Group, added: “There is absolutely no one better to work with when it comes to stunts and action movies, so we are thrilled that David and Kelly have been willing to secure such unprecedented access into the lives of their incredible teams who are unequivocally the best in the business. This documentary series gives a fascinating insight into the people behind the action; we get to meet some amazing characters and learn about what brought them to Hollywood and what they had to sacrifice in order to achieve success.”
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