BLUMHOUSE'S FANTASY ISLAND
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island follows JEFF WADLOW's (Director /
Co-Writer / Producer)
first collaboration with producer Jason Blum, Universal's original theatrical
or Dare, which grossed approximately $100 million in theaters from a budget of
million. Before that, he wrote and directed True Memoirs of an International
staring Kevin James and Andy Garcia, a film that was at the forefront of
expansion into original features. His preceding writing/directing effort, Kick
Ass 2, was
named one of the ten best films of the year by Quentin Tarantino, who stated it
demonstrated a "real auteur approach."
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Wadlow attended the Peter Stark Producing
at USC, where he conceived and directed his thesis film, tHE tOWeR oF BabBLe,
winning more than a dozen awards before taking the top prize in the Chrysler
Dollar Film Festival. Wadlow used the million-dollar grant to make his first
Wolf, which was released by Universal Studios. His next feature, the
Never Back Down, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, beat
out big-budget competition to win Best Fight at the MTV Movie Awards, kicking
MMA franchise with two sequels and counting. Wadlow also developed and executive
produced the worldwide hit Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, as well as writing
and co-writing the screenplay for Bloodshot, a feature film starring Vin Diesel
that will be
released this March from Sony Pictures.
In television, Wadlow's first pitch sold in a competitive situation to CBS
Bros. with Joel Silver (The Matrix) producing, eventually going to pilot. He
with another pilot order from CBS for his character-based procedural starring
Driver. Wadlow went on to collaborate with Cartlon Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin
("Friday Night Lights") to help launch the Emmy-nominated series "Bates Motel,"
re-teamed with Cuse as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the final season of
Strain," created by Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Chuck Hogan (The
Town). In addition to directing/executive producing the star-studded (Jane
Stephen Merchant, Rob Cordry, and more) second season of the action-comedy "Ryan
Hansen Solves Crime on Television," Wadlow has directed such beloved actors as
Vanessa Williams, Danny DeVito, and Meryl Streep in award-winning short
Since 2004, Wadlow has returned to his hometown to lead The Adrenaline Film
a program he founded to help filmmakers of all ages, write, shoot, and screen a
film in the Virginia Film Festival in just 72 hours. Through the Adrenaline Film
Wadlow has helped produce more than two hundred short films, personally
over six hundred aspiring filmmakers.
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