Sung Kang Takes Detour to Direct Horror Comedy Shaky Shivers for AFM – The Hollywood Reporter

Audiences familiar with Sung Kong Fast and the Furious Movies don’t expect him to pivot to a low-budget horror comedy for his directorial debut. But in 2020 at the height of Covid, the actor, who plays the role of Han fast films, spent five weeks shooting at a closed girl scout camp Shaking tremorsA 90s-set monster mash that’s a nod to the genres of 80s movies he grew up loving.

“I didn’t want to do anything really heavy,” says Kang. “Because of my association with these big blockbuster action films, I think a lot of people expected me to do some action films.”

Now Kong is presenting the project at AFM this week.

Shaking tremors Centers on two ice cream shop employees (played by Brooke Markham and Vivi Nguyen) trapped in an abandoned camp, where a book of magical spells puts them in contact with several classic movie creatures.

Kong’s Shaking tremors The journey began when longtime creative partner Aaron Strangoni got wind that he had quietly written a script with writer Andrew McAllister over the weekend. The pair were inspired after making a documentary on special effects maestro Gabriel Bartalos. Shaking tremors And even offered to give some of his monstrous creations to the screenwriters for the project.

After Kong read the script, he put his hat in the ring to direct. Or as he humbly puts it, “I appealed.”

It took a year to get financing and they were finally gearing up to film when COVID hit the US in earnest in March 2020.

“The week of the lockdown, we’re restricting rehearsals,” says Kang, before the producers pull him aside to tell him the film is being shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The film evaporated,” says the filmmaker.

But the team did not leave. A few months later they regrouped and found a new location, and within a few months the cameras were rolling at a camp north of Los Angeles, mostly with a new crew. The filmmakers recall a summer camp vibe on set.

When it came time to shoot the creatures, some signature shots had to be captured within hours due to technical glitches.

“God bless Gabe Bartalos, because he has to have at least a full day for every creature effect. But we get in there and go, ‘Oh, we’ve got two hours to get this right,'” Kang recalls. “He was rushing with his team and we were ready to shoot, but there was some equipment malfunction.”

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Kang has had a storied career that has audiences clamoring for his return Fast and furious franchise after his character died in 2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He returned F9 (2021) and completed the work Fast X and joined Star wars This year’s constellation Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The actor, 50, found comfort in filming Shaking tremors At this point in his life, things that can go wrong on a movie set don’t matter.

“Even when things get crazy and the department heads are stressed, I always step back and say, ‘You know what, it’s just a movie,'” says Kang. will spend

Jackrabbit Media and Saifuno Ventures are co-repping the domestic sales Shaking tremors, with Jackrabbit handles all international sales. Kang is producing through his Raison d’Tre banner alongside Lucy Kim at Luca Productions and Gene Shim’s Erie on Elms company. Nina Yang Bongiovi is executive producing through AUM.

This story first appeared in the Nov. 3 daily issue of The Hollywood Reporter on American Film Market.

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