The ensemble Cast Includes Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Method Man, Suki Waterhouse, Snoop Dogg, Margarita Levieva, Jeffrey Wahlberg and James Franco. The principal photography wrapped today in California on AMBI’s post-apocalyptic thriller “Future World”, directed by James Franco and Bruce Cheung and starring Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Method Man, Suki Waterhouse, Snoop Dogg, Margarita Levieva, Jeffrey Wahlberg and Franco.
The movie is set in the barren landscape of a post-apocalyptic world, where a young Prince from the Oasis (one of the last known safe-havens) and a robot named Ash go on a daring journey of self-discovery - one that winds through the violent and desolate world of the Wastelands. Bruce Cheung and Jay Davis wrote the screenplay, from an original story by Franco. Producers are Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis.
AMBI Group, the movie development, finance, production and distribution group owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, financed the film in association with the Fyzz Facility and Black Sparrow. AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling global sales.
The film marks the second collaboration in the last year between Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group and James Franco. They teamed to produce “In Dubious Battle,” the feature film adaption of the classic John Steinbeck novel, which Franco also directed and starred in alongside Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Sam Shepherd.
AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”
AMBI has quickly emerged as one of the industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies with the capacity to develop, package, finance, produce and sell a broad array of films for worldwide distribution. Among the films on AMBI’s burgeoning film slate are a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic film “Memento”; “Lamborghini – The Legend,” a biopic on Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini to be written by Bobby Moresco; the faith based children’s film “Beyond the Sun,” featuring His Holiness Pope Francis; “Septembers of Shiraz,” starring Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody; the contemporary fairy tale “This Beautiful Fantastic” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; a documentary feature about Federico Fellini titled “The Man of La Dolce Vita;” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” featuring an ensemble cast that includes Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff and Sam Shepherd; the 3D CGI family animated film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad,” featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Angelica Huston and Heidi Klum; the sci-fi thriller “Rupture” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare; the psychological thriller “Lavender” starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney; the romantic comedy “All Roads Lead to Rome,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker; Barry Levinson’s acclaimed drama “The Humbling,” starring Al Pacino; and the sci-fi action thriller “Andron: The Black Labyrinth,” starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover, among several others.
In 2015, AMBI acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which includes an incredibly diverse portfolio of critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back,” to name a few. In addition to the library titles, AMBI now has the rights to a number of titles within EMG’s active movie development slate, as well as all sequel and remake rights to the popular EMG films.
The company operates joints ventures in the Caribbean with Lantica Media (Dominican Republic) and in the Middle East with Barajoun Entertainment (Dubai).
Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 50 feature films including “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Humbling.” He is considered one of the youngest and most accomplished entrepreneurs in the Italian film industry and was the recipient of the coveted Mimmo Rotella Award for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry - presented to him at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, alongside fellow recipients Al Pacino and Barry Levinson. Iervolino most recently received the Honor of Recognition as Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World at annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF).
Lady Monika Bacardi is the widow of Luis Adalberto Facundo Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lord of Bayfield Hall, known as Lord Luis Bacardi (descendent of the Bacardi founder, still a family-run company). Renowned for her passion of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.
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