Early last week, Muse Entertainment begun principal photography on Sand Serpents, a thrilling tale of ferocious, man-eating serpents emerging out of the sands of Afghanistan attacking soldiers on a mission to root out and destroy secret Taliban bases. The film is set to air in the US on the SCI FI Channel in 2009, and on Super Channel in Canada.
The sci-fi film stars Jason Gedrick (Desperate Housewives) as Lt. Richard Stanley, the untried squad leader. His team of battle-weary veterans, decimated by a Taliban ambush, has to face an even greater peril; carnivorous serpents awakened beneath the ground. Tamara Hope (Whistler; Augusta, Gone) also stars as Capt. Jen Henle, who races against time to lead the dwindling band of survivors through the desert and underground tunnels to rendezvous with helicopter rescue. Elias Toufexis (Stargate: Atlantis; Smallville) plays a sarcastic private. The action-packed feature is directed by Jeff Renfroe (One Point O).
“The scenario is fascinating because it demands that we tread cautiously and responsibly through the thematic elements of the US presence and actions in the Middle East while still maintaining the sense of heightened action and storytelling that is the backbone of an entertaining science-fiction thriller. Rising to that challenge is exactly what I hope will set the picture apart from the pack and make it something special and inherently topical, “says Renfroe.
The film, which is shooting in Romania until the end of October, is produced by Ric Nish (Durham County). Andreea Stanculeanu and Silviu Viju are also producers. Nish says: “I’m thrilled to be working on a film which is so topical. As well as being an exciting action adventure story, heightened by spectacular visual effects, it asks the question, who is our real enemy?”
The director of photography of this CGI-and-special-effects-laden extravaganza is Brendan Steacy (The Answer Key), the production designer is Guy Lalande (The Deal) and the editor is Simon Webb (Tales from the Neverending Story). Muse Entertainment’s Michael Prupas (Human Trafficking) is executive producer along with Irene Litinsky (The Last Templar), RHI Entertainment’s Robert Halmi, Sr. (Tin Man) and Robert Halmi, Jr (Flash Gordon). RHI Entertainment is the international distributor.