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JoBlo.com will finance/produce its first full-length feature film entitled Billy Trigger!

Sep. 18, 2012by: JoBlo

I consider myself a very lucky person because I get to wake up every morning and work all day long in the industry that I love: movies! Granted, it's a website about movies but still! Back when I founded JoBlo.com in 1998 as a hobby, I never expected it to lead anywhere, but 14 years later...it's my career and I'm happy with that. What's the old saying, "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."

Back in the 90s, I also used to write screenplays of my own (I've got 4 unproduced scripts in my closet, sigh), as did my best friend John Fallon (aka the Arrow from Arrow in the Head). Now unlike me, John has actually managed to keep writing screenplays (7 of which have already been turned into full-fledged motion pictures!!) and this year we finally managed to get all of our ducks in a row and greenlight the first fully financed JoBlo.com film entitled BILLY TRIGGER!

The film was written by John Fallon and will be helmed by the best genre director working in Canada these days (my humble and biased opinion, of course) Christian Viel. We're already on the fast-track to production with four of the leads already cast, a teaser poster created (see below) and locations scouted and ready to rock. The film will start to shoot in mid-October.

But our greatest surprise and source of joy happened recently when we were lucky enough to have the legendary Fred Williamson cast as the lead baddie in the film! I can't tell you how cool that was for a small little Canadian production like ours.

You can read more about the film in the official press release below, or follow us on the official blog or either Facebook or Twitter, and I will also post some big updates on JoBlo.com from time to time because I'm excited about the film and hoping to share some set diaries, videos and other cool shit with you here. If you're not interested in the film or its updates, please just ignore these articles but please don't turn into a troll and start dissing our movie just for kicks. Despite running JoBlo.com and Arrow in the Head, we're just a couple of movie fanatics and we are just super-happy to have this opportunity to create something cool. Hopefully some of you will follow our development and eventually get to enjoy the film.

PRESS RELEASE:

JoBlo.com finances its first full-length feature film Billy Trigger

The action film will be directed by Christian Viel (Deaden) and stars Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn), John Fallon (Saw 2), Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica) and Pia Metni (Mirror, Mirror)

(Montreal, Canada) September 18, 2012 Popular movie fansite JoBlo.com will be financing its first full feature called Billy Trigger written by John Fallon and to be directed by Christian Viel. Principal photography on the film will begin in mid-October, with JCB Productions and Movie Seals Productions, which is a return to the genre for Viel and Fallon, who made Deaden together in 2006.

Iconic American actor Fred Williamson will play Pops in the film, the leader of an Irish mob which employs Billy Trigger, the hitman played by John Fallon, who is also co-producing the film. Joining them are Matthew Bennett playing Bruno the expert assassin, as well as Pia Metni who will portray Catherine, the lead actress and love interest in the film.

Official synopsis: Irish mobster Billy Trigger has been the OBrien familys number one enforcer for three years now. And for good reason: he is cold, calculating and relentless and has never tackled a job he couldnt finish. His life is trouble-free and solitary and consists mainly of three things: loose women, doing the work and cashing in. Thats until Pops, the head of the organization, hands him his next assignment. Trigger is tasked to look over Pops young mistress, Catherine, while hes away. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Trigger ends up on the wrong side of Pops esteem... What happens when the best in the business is pitted against the business? Place your bets!

 This will be the 5th cinematic collaboration between Viel and Fallon, who had previously worked together on Deaden, Recon 2020, Recon 2022: The Mezzo Incident and Recon 2023: The Gauda Prime Conspiracy. Most recently, Viel is the creative mind behind the very popular online comic book web series Heroes of the North, while Fallon has written and starred in American Muscle, and starred in the French horror film Dead Shadows.

 JoBlo.com was founded in 1998 by Berge Garabedian and is well-known as one of the top movie fansites around the world.  Garabedian is extremely excited to be a part of this creative team and I look forward to working with all these talented individuals on this very awesome production. This will be the first time that JoBlo.com will finance a film in its entirety. It previously co-produced Deaden.

 JCB Productions is handling licensing and distribution rights for the film, while Movie Seals Productions will produce the film, which is aiming to be released in the spring/summer of 2013.

 ABOUT JOBLO.COM

 JoBlo.com was founded in 1998 by Berge Garabedian, MBA. Today, he is the CEO of the JoBlo Movie Network which encapsulates JoBlo.com, MovieHotties, Arrow in the Head and Movie Fan Central. Mr. Garabedians book The 50 Coolest Movies of All-Time was published in 2002, and he co-produced Deaden in 2006. More information at www.joblo.com.

 ABOUT MOVIE SEALS PRODUCTIONS

Founded in 2003, Movie Seals Productions Inc. is a multiple award-winning leader in the independent production scene, having produced over six feature films, over fifty shorts, countless music videos and two web series. More information at www.movieseals.com.

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Official film website: www.billytrigger.com
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/BillyTrigger
Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/billytrigger

Extra Tidbit: And yes, as per my 3 previous film appearances, I will once again be killed off in this film as a character named "Joe".
Source: JoBlo.com

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8:25AM on 09/19/2012
Sweet.
Sweet.
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1:45AM on 09/19/2012
Ya'll had me at irish mob, congrats!
Ya'll had me at irish mob, congrats!
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10:52PM on 09/18/2012
Awesome.
Awesome.
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10:24PM on 09/18/2012
Thats pretty awesome news. Best of luck with it. Hope it goes well for you guys!
Thats pretty awesome news. Best of luck with it. Hope it goes well for you guys!
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10:23PM on 09/18/2012
Thats pretty awesome news. Best of luck with it. Hope it goes well for you guys!
Thats pretty awesome news. Best of luck with it. Hope it goes well for you guys!
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10:19PM on 09/18/2012
Lol, was I the only one who read this as "Billy Tigger" before I saw that poster below? shhhiet. Was wondering, wtf is Joblo producing? a disney toon? heh. Congrats!
Lol, was I the only one who read this as "Billy Tigger" before I saw that poster below? shhhiet. Was wondering, wtf is Joblo producing? a disney toon? heh. Congrats!
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9:26PM on 09/18/2012
Cant wait. I actually bought Arrow's last DVD, the title escapes me right now and am not home, so Im looking forward to more production from this camp. Ill continue to support it with the hopes that karma pays off and one day you support one of my projects in return ;)

That and the fact that they're cool because they belong to our community ;)
Cant wait. I actually bought Arrow's last DVD, the title escapes me right now and am not home, so Im looking forward to more production from this camp. Ill continue to support it with the hopes that karma pays off and one day you support one of my projects in return ;)

That and the fact that they're cool because they belong to our community ;)
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6:03PM on 09/18/2012

But what rating will it get?

Wonder how it will be reviewed on this site =)
Wonder how it will be reviewed on this site =)
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6:31PM on 09/18/2012
Thankfully that won't be happening (conflict of interest), but we expect anyone who sees it to let us know how awesome/sucky it is! Be nice though, we're just starting out, well...kinda... :)
Thankfully that won't be happening (conflict of interest), but we expect anyone who sees it to let us know how awesome/sucky it is! Be nice though, we're just starting out, well...kinda... :)
10:04PM on 09/18/2012
i was thinking of that, also. was curious. if this was Devin Faraci reviewing his movie he would say it is the best thing ever! I live in the Sac/S.F. region of CA so if it plays anywhere within 3 hrs i'm down to go.
i was thinking of that, also. was curious. if this was Devin Faraci reviewing his movie he would say it is the best thing ever! I live in the Sac/S.F. region of CA so if it plays anywhere within 3 hrs i'm down to go.
11:00PM on 09/19/2012
I'm back and forth between Santa Cruz & Tahoe, so if you do hear of anywhere it might play, hook it up!
I'm back and forth between Santa Cruz & Tahoe, so if you do hear of anywhere it might play, hook it up!
4:57PM on 09/18/2012

My best regards

In this day and age, independent filmmakers and scripts are a dime a dozen and the odds against making it aren't promising at all. Whether Billy Trigger turns out to be a good or bad film, you have created a product which many try and fail to make. And in that, is your victory.
In this day and age, independent filmmakers and scripts are a dime a dozen and the odds against making it aren't promising at all. Whether Billy Trigger turns out to be a good or bad film, you have created a product which many try and fail to make. And in that, is your victory.
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5:00PM on 09/18/2012
I dig that thought, thanks!
I dig that thought, thanks!
4:07PM on 09/18/2012
This news is utterly fantastic! I greatly enjoyed "Deaden", and if this is 1/10th as fun, we're all in for a treat.
This news is utterly fantastic! I greatly enjoyed "Deaden", and if this is 1/10th as fun, we're all in for a treat.
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4:05PM on 09/18/2012
I can't wait to see the JoBlo logo at the beginning of a movie. Great job guys, and the best of luck with the shooting.
I can't wait to see the JoBlo logo at the beginning of a movie. Great job guys, and the best of luck with the shooting.
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2:12PM on 09/18/2012
I would love the opportunity to work on this film set. How can I make that happen?
I would love the opportunity to work on this film set. How can I make that happen?
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1:29PM on 09/18/2012

Congratulations

Kudos to everyone involved and can't wait to check out the final project!
Kudos to everyone involved and can't wait to check out the final project!
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1:00PM on 09/18/2012

Love the poster

Awesome news man, glad to hear it. The poster is great, it has a gritty grindhouse vibe!
Awesome news man, glad to hear it. The poster is great, it has a gritty grindhouse vibe!
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12:54PM on 09/18/2012

The Best in the Business Vs. The Business is an awesome tag line.

Fingers crossed this is a smashing success, cause you damn well deserve it. Also getting an exploitation vibe from the synopsis / mock art which is tickling all kinds of my fancy. Good luck Joe.
Fingers crossed this is a smashing success, cause you damn well deserve it. Also getting an exploitation vibe from the synopsis / mock art which is tickling all kinds of my fancy. Good luck Joe.
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12:34PM on 09/18/2012
Fred Williamson and The Arrow? I'm excited already!
Fred Williamson and The Arrow? I'm excited already!
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12:13PM on 09/18/2012
Definitely a big day!
Definitely a big day!
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11:51AM on 09/18/2012
Good stuff!! Hope the film turns out good, I'm looking forward to it.
Good stuff!! Hope the film turns out good, I'm looking forward to it.
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11:49AM on 09/18/2012
Congrats man!
Congrats man!
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11:43AM on 09/18/2012
Great news indeed,

Best of luck on your new endeavour!!!
Great news indeed,

Best of luck on your new endeavour!!!
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11:35AM on 09/18/2012

Wow!!!

Exciting News..!!!
Can't wait for more updates..!
Exciting News..!!!
Can't wait for more updates..!
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