Jungle2Jungle: About The Filmmakers

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JOHN PASQUIN (Director) made his feature film directorial debut with Walt Disney Pictures' international hit "The Santa Clause," which quickly made the versatile director one of the most sought after talents in motion pictures.

Before "The Santa Clause," Pasquin was one of the creative forces behind several of television's top series, including "Home Improvement," which he produced and directed for a year and a half, and for which he received two Emmy nominations. Pasquin also directed "Roseanne" for a season.

Pasquin has also been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Directors Guild of America Award for his work on the critically acclaimed hit series "L.A. Law." In addition, he was the first to be brought in to direct the influential series "thirtysomething."

Pasquin has directed several other series for television, including "Family Ties," "Growing Pains," "Newhart" and "Alice." His telefilm directing credits include "Out on the Edge" and "Don't Touch My Daughter."

Prior to his success in film and television, Pasquin spent ten years as an acclaimed off-Broadway and regional theatre director. He was awarded an Obie for the well-received play, "Moonchildren," and also directed five productions for Joe Papp's Shakespeare Festival in New York.

BRIAN REILLY (Produced by) first became involved with Tim Allen and John Pasquin when he produced the highly successful "The Santa Clause." He was also the executive producer on "Born to Be Wild," and co-executive produced "Don Juan DeMarco." His debut film as a producer was "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead."

Prior to moving to Los Angeles he was based in New York where he produced network television commercials. He began his career with NBC News in its New York and Washington bureaus.

BRUCE A. EVANS (Screenplay by) was born in Long Beach, California. He earned a B.A. in history from USC and a master's in film from UCLA. Hired as an intern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," he subsequently began writing feature film screenplays with Raynold Gideon. Their first screenplay together was "A Man, a Woman, and a Bank," starring Donald Sutherland. Their next produced work was "Starman," for which Jeff Bridges received an Academy Award® nomination. That was followed by "Stand By Me," which they also produced, and for which they received Golden Globe Award, WGA and Academy Award® nominations for Best Screenplay Adaptation. Evans and Gideon shared the same duties on "Made in Heaven" and "Kuffs," starring Christian Slater, which Evans also directed. The team received a consultant credit on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

RAYNOLD GIDEON (Screenplay by) was born in Gesgapegiag, a Micmac Indian Reservation in Quebec, Canada. Setting out to be an actor, Raynold moved to Hollywood after earning a master's degree in speech and drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Between acting jobs he began writing with Bruce A. Evans. "A Man, a Woman, and a Bank," starring Donald Sutherland, was their first produced screenplay. Then came "Starman," for which Jeff Bridges received an Academy Award® nomination. Their script for "Stand By Me," received Golden Globe Award, WGA, and Academy Award® nominations for Best Screenplay Adaptation. Gideon also co-produced that film with Evans; as well as "Made in Heaven," and "Kuffs," starring Christian Slater. Also with Evans, he shared a consultant credit on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

HERVE PALUD (Based on "Un Indien Dans La Ville" written by) has enjoyed a distinguished career directing feature films, television and music videos in his homeland of France. His motion picture credits include "Un Indien Dans La Ville," "The Blues in My Head" which received acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981, "Jaques Mesrine," "The Brothers Pétard," "Doctor Apfelgluck" and "The Little Girl." He also directed the television series "Cold Sweat" and "David Lansky."

After studying with Jean Perimony, Palud apprenticed at the Comédie Française before directing productions at Cafe Theater, and Revue.

THIERRY LHERMITTE (Based on "Un Indien Dans La Ville" written by/Associate Producer) is among France's most popular and respected actors/producers/writers, with more than 30 films to his credit.

Born in Paris, Lhermitte began his career with several friends, as founders of a comedy troupe known as "Le Splendid" (similar to Second City in America). Their sketch comedy about life in Club Med was made into the movie "Les Bronzes" (Sun Tan), and the group became an overnight sensation. They continued working on stage while writing a sequel to "Les Bronzes" which was to become "Les Bronzes Font du Ski," based on winter sports, which became another hit. Their play "Le Pere Noël Est Une Ordure" ("Santa Claus is Full of Shit"), became a cult movie in France, and inspired the American film "Mixed Nuts" starring Steve Martin.

Lhermitte's other film credits include "Un Indien Dans La Ville," "La Totale!" (remade in the States as "True Lies," with Arnold Schwarzenegger), "Stella," "Le Femme de Mon Pote," "La Fiancee Qui Venait Du Froid" and "Until September." In addition, he starred in "My New Partner" ("Les Ripoux"), "Partner Against Partner" ("Ripoux Contre Ripoux") and "The Oddball" ("Le Zebre").

As a producer, Lhermitte's credits include "Drunken Night" ("Nuit D'Ivresse"), and "Doctor Apfelgluck."

In 1992, Lhermitte came to America to star in "Seven Sundays" with such international stars as Rod Steiger, Marie France Pisier, Molly Ringwald, Susan Blakely and the Italian comic star-writer-director, Maurizio Nichetti.

PHILIPPE BRUNEAU de la SALLE (Based on "Un Indien Dans La Ville" written by) has been an actor and writer in France. With the late great French comedian Coluche, in 1971 he founded "The Really Chic Parisian," which became a popular theatre in Paris, where he wrote and performed numerous plays including "She Sees Dwarves Everywhere." He subsequently wrote and acted in television broadcasts of Stephane Collaro's shows from 1979 to 1989.

As a screenwriter and actor Philippe's credits include François Leterrier's "Babas-Cool," J.C. Susfeld's "She Sees Dwarves Everywhere" and Thierry Lhermitte's "Doctor Apfelgluck." He also wrote for the French television series "Imogene" with D. Lavanant, and an episode of "Clovis" with Michael Galabru. He also adapted the French hit "Un Indien Dans La Ville" for the screen.

On stage he appeared in Coluche's "Alsace and Lorraine," Ph. Galland's "The Marriage of the Century," Yves Boisset's "The Travesty," and Gérard Oury's "The Blow From the Umbrella." He also starred in Martin Lamotte's "The Twilight of the Cowards," at the Porte Saint Martin Theatre in the role of the Colonel.

He is currently starring for the second year in "Un Grand Cri D'Amour" at Theater de la Michodiere, a play written by Josiane Balasko (Gazon Maudit), also starring Josiane Balasko and Richard Berry.

RICHARD BAKER and RICK MESSINA (Executive Producers) are partners in Messina Baker Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based talent management and production company specializing in representing comedians and comedy writers. Their clients include Tim Allen, Janeane Garofalo and Drew Carey. Messina and Baker bring varied backgrounds and a wide range of skills to their company.

Rick Messina started out in the comedy business when he opened the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island in the late 1970s, before going on to book talent for some 20 comedy clubs all over the country, including Dangerfields in Manhattan. He has been a comedy talent consultant for numerous television series, including "Comedy Tonight," FOX's "Comic Strip Live" and A&E's "Comedy on the Road."

Before the launch of the talent management company, Richard Baker was a television producer for many years in New York. He met Rick Messina while producing the nationally syndicated comedy series "Comedy Tonight." Baker's other credits include PBS's "Live From Lincoln Center" and a series of music specials for MTV including Frank Zappa's Halloween Concert.

Messina and Baker are currently partnered in producing "The Drew Carey Show" on ABC and they co-produced a season of "The Good Life" series on NBC. The team produced "NBC Super Special All-Star Comedy" and were executive producers on the pilot for "Metro North" for ABC.

BRAD KREVOY (Executive Producer), co-founder of Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA), one of the leading independent production companies, has produced such blockbuster hits as "Dumb and Dumber" for New Line, "Kingpin" starring Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid for MGM, "Beverly Hills Ninja" starring Chris Farley for TriStar, as well as recent critical successes "The War at Home" directed by Emilio Estevez, and "Albino Alligator" directed by Kevin Spacey. In total, Krevoy has produced over fifty motion pictures and television projects.

In 1996, MPCA was acquired by John Kluge's Metromedia International Group to manage the production and distribution operations of the newly revitalized Orion Pictures. Upcoming Orion releases, which Krevoy produced, include "Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag" starring Joe Pesci and David Spade and directed by Tom Schulman (Academy Award® winner for "Dead Poets Society"), "Gang Related" starring the late Tupac Shakur and Jim Belushi and directed by Jim Kouf, and "The Locusts" starring Vince Vaughn.

Krevoy's involvement with "Jungle 2 Jungle" began about three years ago when he read the script to the original French film given to him by his French partner, Thierry Lhermitte. At that moment, Krevoy saw the remake opportunities for an American film and sought to link up with a U.S. distributor. "Having worked with broad-based comedic actors like Jim Carrey, Chris Farley, and Woody Harrelson," Krevoy explained, "I thought this material would be perfect for Tim Allen, who just had a big hit with 'The Santa Clause.' It was also a natural fit for Disney, which produced and distributed 'The Santa Clause.'"

WILLIAM W. WILSON III (Co-Producer/Second Unit Director) is a member of the original creative team responsible for "The Santa Clause," which he co-produced. He brings to "Jungle 2 Jungle" a wide range of feature film production experience, which was utilized when he directed all of the second-unit footage for this film in addition to his responsibilities as co-producer.

Wilson previously co-produced "The Three Musketeers" in 1993, and co-produced and second unit directed "A Far Off Place" the previous year. In 1991, Wilson was The Walt Disney Studios' production executive assigned to "Blame It On the Bellboy," and that same year, he was the line producer in Moscow for a 360-degree filmed spectacle designed for the Disney theme parks.

Wilson served as a consultant to The Walt Disney Company on all of its European production during 1990, while simultaneously working on Disney's International Animator Competition, coordinating the company's search for the top animators in Eastern Europe and Russia.

In 1989, he co-produced the Tony Richardson-directed miniseries, "Phantom of the Opera." Wilson spent nearly three years as the European production supervisor on Dan Curtis' ambitious 30-hour miniseries "War and Remembrance." He also worked in various capacities on the British miniseries "Wagner," on the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" and the Clint Eastwood feature film, "Firefox."

LOUIS BECKER (Associate Producer) began his producing career in 1975 with Luis Buñel's production of "That Obscure Object of Desire." He subsequently served as an apprentice, 2nd assistant and assistant production manager on 10 feature films and assisted the director on nearly 100 commercials. In 1982, he became general manager on Jean Becker's "The Murderous Season," then general managed 10 additional feature films.

Becker served as associate producer on "Drunken Night" ("Nuit D'Ivresse"). He then collaborated with Alain Cavalier on "Thérèse," before becoming director of production on Virginie Thevenet's "Game of Artifice" and Etienne Chatiliez's "Life is a Long, Tranquil River."

In 1988 he produced the television series "Palace," and then, between 1988 and 1991 he executive produced all television films and series from the House of Sound and Light. In 1991, he created BELT Productions and served as associate producer at Ice Films on the feature "The Professional Secrets of Doctor Apfelgluck," which was his second collaboration with Thierry Lhermitte. He then executive produced and acted in Alain Cavalier's "Libera Me" ("Free Me"). His other credits include "Un Indien Dans La Ville."

TONY PIERCE-ROBERTS, B.S.C. (Director of Photography) was nominated for Academy Awards® for his work on director James Ivory's "Howard's End" and "A Room With a View" (for which he received the New York Film Critics' Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, as well as a BAFTA). The other films he has photographed for Merchant/Ivory are "Remains of the Day," "Slaves of New York," "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" and "Surviving Picasso."

Born in Birkenhead, England, he emigrated with his parents to Central Africa at age 11. After he left school he joined the Central African Film Unit, where he made wildlife films and accepted freelance work for visiting film crews, including units from the BBC.

Within five years, Pierce-Roberts came to London and joined the BBC, beginning as an assistant cameraman. He won two BAFTA Awards for Best Cameraman for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "Caught on a Train." Among his other work in television dramas are the distinguished films "A Voyage Round My Father" with Laurence Olivier and Alan Bates and "The Good Soldier."

Pierce-Roberts' first feature film, Jerzy Skolimowski's "Moonlighting," was followed by Michael Apted's "Kipperbank," which was part of David Puttnam's "First Love" series. His other European feature film credits include "A Private Function" and "Out Cold."

Pierce-Roberts' first film for Disney was "White Fang." He was the cinematographer on George Romero's "The Dark Half" and Robert Young's "Splitting Heirs." His more recent credits include Joel Schumacher's "The Client" and Barry Levinson's "Disclosure."

STUART WURTZEL (Production Designer) received an Academy Award® nomination in 1987 for his work on Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters." He was also responsible for the look of Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo," as well as three films by Peter Yates: "Suspect," "The House on Carroll Street" and "An Innocent Man."

Wurtzel's other feature credits include "Hair," "Used People," "Mermaids," "Romeo is Bleeding," "Three Men and a Little Lady," "Old Gringo," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "The Mambo King," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Before and After," "IQ" and "The Ghost and the Darkness."

His opportunity to design for motion pictures began with Joan Micklin Silver's "Hester Street," which Wurtzel did in collaboration with his wife, Patrizia von Brandenstein. His association with Silver continued with "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" for the American Short Stories series on PBS, and the feature film "Between the Lines."

Raised in Hillside, New Jersey, Wurtzel studied scenic design at Carnegie-Mellon, earning an MFA degree. He began working as a theatrical stage designer-including four seasons as resident designer at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and three seasons at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park.

After moving to New York, Wurtzel designed numerous Broadway productions, including "Summer Brave," "Unexpected Guests," "Tiny Alice," "A Flea in Her Ear," "Sizwe Banzi is Dead," "The Island" and "Wally's Cafe." His off-Broadway credits include "Trumpets and Drums" and "Rosmersholm" at the Roundabout Theater, "Gimme Shelter" at BAM and "Sorrows of Stephen" (for which he won the Joseph Maharam Award for stage designer) and "Henry IV, Part I" for the New York Shakespeare Festival.

On television, Wurtzel's designs for "Little Gloria ... Happy at Last" earned him an Emmy Award nomination for art direction.

MICHAEL A. STEVENSON, A.C.E. (Edited by) has worked on a wide variety of feature films for The Walt Disney Studios' various production units. His credits include the enormously popular "Three Men and a Baby," and its sequel, "Three Men and a Little Lady," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and its sequel, "Honey, I Blew Up the Baby" and, more recently, "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco."

The son of a film editor, Stevenson began his career at MGM, where he worked his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming an assistant editor. His first solo film credit was on "California Suite." Subsequently he edited such films as "The Toy," "Seems Like Old Times," "Annie," "Chapter Two," "Murder By Death," "The Cheap Detective," "Gotcha" and "The Sandlot."

CAROL RAMSEY (Costume Designer) most recently completed her third movie for Merchant/Ivory, "Surviving Picasso." Her other films with them were "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" and "Slaves of New York."

Ramsey's distinguished career includes design credits for "The Santa Clause," "Sunset Park," "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," "Foreign Student," "Crossing the Bridge," "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," "King of New York," "That Night" and "The Opposite Sex."

For television, her credits include the HBO telefilm "Blind Justice," the PBS miniseries "Three Sovereigns for Sarah" and the CBS telefilm "A Case of Deadly Force." Ramsey's work in theatre includes associations with the Boston Shakespeare Company, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Dance Collective, Betty Fain and Dancers, Charles Playhouse and the Rivers School in Boston.

MICHAEL CONVERTINO (Music by) was educated at Harvard, Yale and the Paris Conservatory of Music. As a feature film composer, his evocative and eclectic scores include the recent "Bed of Roses," "The Last of the High Kings" and "Mother Night," as well as "Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead," "The Santa Clause," "Guarding Tess," "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," "Bodies, Rest & Motion," "Queen of Hearts," "Children of a Lesser God," "Bull Durham," "The Waterdance," "The Hidden" and Tim Burton's first film "Frankenweenie."

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