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Blumhouse's Fantasy Island follows JEFF WADLOW's (Director / Co-Writer / Producer) first collaboration with producer Jason Blum, Universal's original theatrical feature Truth or Dare, which grossed approximately $100 million in theaters from a budget of just $3.5 million. Before that, he wrote and directed True Memoirs of an International Assassin, staring Kevin James and Andy Garcia, a film that was at the forefront of Netflix's 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 Program 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 Million Dollar Film Festival. Wadlow used the million-dollar grant to make his first feature, Cry Wolf, which was released by Universal Studios. His next feature, the action/drama 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 off an 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 the story 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 and Warner Bros. with Joel Silver (The Matrix) producing, eventually going to pilot. He followed that with another pilot order from CBS for his character-based procedural starring Minnie 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," then re-teamed with Cuse as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the final season of "The 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 Lynch, 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 subjects. Since 2004, Wadlow has returned to his hometown to lead The Adrenaline Film Project, a program he founded to help filmmakers of all ages, write, shoot, and screen a short film in the Virginia Film Festival in just 72 hours. Through the Adrenaline Film Project, Wadlow has helped produce more than two hundred short films, personally mentoring over six hundred aspiring filmmakers.


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