Film News - Raven Banner acquires Canadian rights to Turbo Kid
Written and directed by RKSS, a Montreal Collective that includes Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell, Turbo Kid tells the story of a post-apocalyptic parallel future of 1997 where an orphaned teenager called The Kid scavenges the wasteland searching for relics from a better time (the 80s). During one of his expeditions he meets Apple, a mysterious girl with a rather large secret. As their relationship deepens they accidentally run afoul of Zeus, the self-proclaimed leader of Wasteland. Zeus, a sadistically droll maniac who murdered The Kid’s parents and now controls the lands most precious commodity, fresh water. When Apple is kidnapped by Zeus’ gang, The Kid joins forces with Frederick, the laconic leader of the legendary Arm-Wrestling clan. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbo-charged weapon he discovers, The Kid must fulfill his ultimate destiny; destroy Zeus, avenge his parents death and get the girl of his dreams.
“RKSS are visionary filmmakers who have the unique ability to take token genre conventions and turn them completely inside out,” stated Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt. “Getting involved was an absolute no brainer for the Raven Banner brand.”
Fuelled by offbeat humour with lashings of action and gore, Turbo Kid stars the iconic Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, Scanners) as Zeus, Munro Chambers (Degrassi – The Next Generation, Cracked) as The Kid, Laurence Leboeuf (19-2, Trauma) as Apple, Aaron Jeffery (X-Men Origins) as Frederic, Edwin Wright (Top of the Lake) as Skeletron and Romano Orzari (Omertà) as Bagu.
The Canadian and New Zealand co-production began shooting this week in Montreal. The film is produced by Anne-Marie Gélinas, Benoît Beaulieu of EMAfilms (Mars & Avril) and Ant Timpson and Tim Riley of T&A Films (ABC’s of Death anthology series). Téléfilm Canada and the New Zealand Film Commission are funding partners while Canadian wunderkind Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun, ABCs of Death) jumped at the chance to wield his genre-busting hands as Executive Producer .
Jason Eisener a fan of RKSS’ first short, Le Bagman, Jason Eisener wrote and directed the hugely successful feature Hobo with a Shotgun – a film that started as a fake trailer and won a contest to promote Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse. Jason has since directed a segment in ABC’s of Death and V/H/S/2 and is developing several new features.
Image from RKSS