Wildcard Distribution have announced their acquisition of upcoming Irish supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary, which has commenced principal photography with the shoot to take place over 5 weeks in Tullamore, Kildare and Dublin.
The debut feature from writer/directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, (aka Team D.A.D.D.Y.) stars comedian/writer/actress Maeve Higgins (Naked Camera, Inside Amy Schumer), Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall, MAZE), Will Forte (Nebraska, Run & Jump), and Claudia O’Doherty (Trainwreck, Love, Inside Amy Schumer).
Extra Ordinary will tell the story of a driving instructor who must use her other-wordly gifts to save a lonely man’s daughter from a rock star looking to use her for Satanic purposes. The project participated in the 2014 Frontieres Film Market where it won Best Pitch.
The film is produced by Katie Holly (Citadel, Love & Friendship), Mary McCarthy (Mr Foley, Six Shooter), Yvonne Donohoe and Ailish Bracken (The Queen of Ireland) for Blinder Films, in co-production with Umedia with funding from the Irish Film Board, UMedia and Inevitable Pictures.
Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the film in Irish cinemas, with Epic Pictures handling world sales outside of Ireland.
The shoot is taking place on location in Ireland and the visual effects will be done in Belgium at Umedia VFX.
Directors Mike and Enda were excited to get a start on the project:
“We are delighted we have somehow convinced an incredible group of actors and funny people we really admire, along with an amazing crew and some random folk that we just wanted to meet, to join our fever dream and make this mysterious romantic oddball ghost story love comedy adventure film. The timely script obviously hit home as it shines a light on important, serious issues like that of haunted wheelie bins in rural Ireland. The fact that International super talent Will Forte has come on board suggests the topic of tiny hauntings is a universal problem that needs to be highlighted and addressed. See you at the Oscars! “
Speaking about the project, Patrick O’Neill, Wildcard Distribution MD, had this to say:
“Extra-Ordinary is one of the funniest scripts I have ever read and combined with the unique talents of Mike & Enda, and superb cast, we are sure the film is going to become a future Irish classic, and be loved by audiences all over the world”.
Finally, the producers spoke of how pleased they were to be working with Extra Ordinary‘s cast and crew:
“We’re thrilled to be working with an incredible cast of hilarious, talented people, and to be supported by a brilliant crew. Mike and Enda are real talents and have written a unique, madcap, hilarious and slightly appalling script and are bringing it to life with such obsessive attention to detail it’s frankly exhausting. Truly though, we are extraordinarily proud to be producing their debut feature and we hope that audiences will fall in love with the characters and their hilarious adventures just as much as we have.”
Ahern and Loughman have a long history in music-video directing, working with the likes of Bloc Party, Jape and Super Furry Animals. Their short films, including Mr. Foley , The Hatch and more, have picked up numerous awards. More on their upcoming feature as it develops.
Press release courtesy of Limelight Communications