If you haven't heard about King Cobra yet, then it's time for that to change. This soon to be indie hit is Yale Productions' latest project. The film includes stars such as the Oscar Nominated James Franco, the incomparable Christian Slater, Pretty Little Liars' Keegan Allen, rising star Garrett Clayton, and the iconic ladies Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. The film sheds light on the dark sides of the adult film industry through a brutally true story. The film is produced by none other than Jordan Yale Levine and Scott Levenson. Although they're busy on set producing their next project, they took the time to tell us about King Cobra. Check out what they had to say...
VR: So tell us a bit more about King Cobra. What can the audience expect?
JYL: King Cobra is based on a true story of a horrific murder that took place around 10 years ago in the adult film industry. It was really all about greed. I think that striving for success is great, but the film shows that if you take it too far, there could be horrible repercussions.The acting is top notch and I think that the audience can expect to see performances they have never seen before from our actors.
SL: The audience can expect very complex and fascinating characters while having the opportunity to go inside this controversial arena.
VR: King Cobra was received really well at Tribeca. Can you tell us more about that?
JYL: We always knew there was going to be controversy surrounding the film even before we shot it. But we were not expecting all of the hype and momentum that we received. We were blown away by all the great reviews.
SL: The audiences responded very well to the film. We originally had three sold out screenings, the festival added another one by popular demand which also sold out. Most of the reviews were fantastic and we couldn't have had a better festival experience.
VR: Your previous/upcoming films have tackled important issues such as, addiction, suicide, terminal illness... Is this something you keep in mind when picking a project?
JYL: I think film is a great medium to get important messages out to the world. Luckily I'm in an industry where you have that ability. When the opportunity arises to produce a film with a controversial or strong message, it makes the work much more worthwhile.
VR: What was the cast like to work with? What was the atmosphere like on set?
SL: We were very fortunate to have the cast that we had. It was the perfect mix of veteran actors like James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone paired up with some of the industry's brightest newcomers like Garrett Clayton and Keegan Allen. The atmosphere on set was amazing, all of us had the highest respect for each other and had the same goal of making a great film.
JYL: It was an amazing opportunity to work with such talented actors. Christian Slater has been around for such a long time and has been a part of many iconic films and TV shows. James Franco of course is an Oscar nominee, so watching these actors and their performances was something special. Another great thing to witness was all the time that Keegan and Garrett spent researching the real people, to study them, to portray them as accurately as possible. I was very impressed with the work they put in to perfect these roles.
VR: What interested you so much about King Cobra, what made you think 'I need to be a part of this project'?
SL: I knew the story very well from when it happened. Justin Kelly (director) is a close friend of mine and we had always wanted to work together. King Cobra was the perfect opportunity.
JYL: First off, I was a fan of Justin Kelly's work. I was excited about working with him. Beyond that, the story just has so much controversy to it, and excitement. It felt to me, like we were doing something new that hasn't been done before. A movie that people had not yet witnessed. Producing movies outside the box, making work that doesn't have repetitive story lines, and pushing the limit to independent films is what I strive for.
VR: We're hearing really exciting things coming up, can you share any of them?
JYL: We are currently on set with Justin Kelly producing another film together. We've recently found out that our film “Jack Goes Home” starring Rory Culkin and Lin Shaye will be released theatrically in October. Also very excited to produce “michigan” soon which will be the American debut of critically acclaimed director János Szász. His last film “The Notebook” was shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film of the year.
VR: Summarize the film in three words or a phrase?
JYL: Never before seen.
VR: When can audiences see it? Where can they see it?
SL: We will be screening at Outfest Los Angeles on July 16th as their Special Centerpiece film, we're very excited to bring the film to the West Coast!
VR: I know that this isn't the last we've heard of King Cobra, when will we hear more? What should the audience look for?
JYL: All the details are being worked out now. Hopefully we'll be able to announce this soon.
VR: What is one thing you want the audience to take away from this film?
JYL: Always strive to be as successful as possible, but know your limits because going too far can be the complete reverse of your initial intention.
King Cobra is gaining more and more momentum by the day. It's rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated indie movies. Both Jordan Yale Levine and Scott Levenson haven't disappointed us yet! I love their work on both Jack Goes Home and Addiction: A 60's Love Story. From the sound of things, it looks like they're just warming up. As always I'll update you with the latest from Yale Productions and you'll be the first to know about all things King Cobra.