Directors To Vent In Doc On Cannon Films
Barbet Schroeder, Tobe Hooper, Michael Winner and Andrei Konchalovsky have agreed to share their experiences in directing movies for Cannon Films in the 1980s for a documentary that will be released theatrically in the U.S. Writer-Director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) has lined up interviews with about 50 people for Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. He’s also approached Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the Israeli-born cousins nicknamed the “Go-Go Boys” who bought Cannon in 1979, moved to the U.S. and churned out dozens of mostly cheap, rapidly shot films including Schroeder’s Barfly, Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Winner’s The Wicked Lady and Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train.
Golan and Globus told Hartley they are “interested” in his project but have yet to commit to interviews. He suspects they may be “gun-shy” after Andrew Yule’s critical book Hollywood a Go-Go: An Account of the Cannon Phenomenon. Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, acquired U.S. rights to the doc last December from sales agent Celluloid Nightmares. Hartley and executive producers XYZ Films had planned to make the film this year but now aim to start shooting next July after a funding delay.