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8/12/2005

 
Hip-Hop Superstar The Game, Meagan Good and Larenz Tate Join Tyrese Gibson in Rogue Pictures' 'Waist Deep'

Directed by Vondie Curtis Hall; Production Underway

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip-hop superstar The Game and actors Meagan Good and Larenz Tate are joining actor Tyrese Gibson in the cast of Rogue Pictures' urban action thriller "Waist Deep." Directed by Vondie Curtis Hall (who last helmed the acclaimed "Redemption," starring Jamie Foxx), the movie began production this week. Rogue Pictures president David Linde made the announcement today.

"Waist Deep" is being produced by Preston Holmes (executive producer of Focus Features' February release "Something New"). Ted Field (head of Radar Pictures), Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan are executive-producing the film, with Dwight Williams (executive producer of "Hustle & Flow") line-producing. Mr. Hall wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, the previous drafts of which were written by A. Michael Mahern and Darin Scott, respectively. Executive vice president, production Amy Kaufman, who will make the transition to independent producing and be based at Focus Features this fall, is supervising the Los Angeles-based "Waist Deep" shoot for president of production John Lyons. Focus, headed by co-presidents Mr. Linde and James Schamus, holds international sales rights to all Rogue movies.

"Waist Deep" follows an ex-con, O2 (to be played by Mr. Gibson), who is suddenly plunged into a life-or-death situation. Trying to go straight for the sake of his young son Junior, O2 is forced to go back outside the law when Junior is kidnapped in a carjacking. His son is now in the hands of a vicious criminal leader, Meat (The Game). O2's shady cousin Wanna Be (Mr. Tate) is caught between loyalties, and so the only person who can or will help O2 now is wily street-smart hustler Coco (Ms. Good). With the clock ticking down, the heat between them rises as they become a lawbreaking couple, on an action-packed tear through town to save Junior and outwit the underworld.

Mr. Linde commented, "'Waist Deep' perfectly fits Rogue's mandate of filmmaker and actor-driven genre product that has mainstream appeal -- in this movie, a blast of urban action with a sexy 21st-century Bonnie and Clyde. We're excited to be working with Vondie and these actors, and with a great group of producers."

The Game, whose album "The Documentary" debuted at #1 on the Billboard/Soundscan Top 100 chart this past winter, is making his feature debut in "Waist Deep." Ms. Good has starred for Focus Features in two films, the Sundance Film Festival award winner Brick (to be released in March) and "Deliver Us from Eva." Mr. Tate recently starred in "Crash" and the Academy Award-winning "Ray." Mr. Gibson currently stars in "Four Brothers."

Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) is a motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company committed to bringing moviegoers the most original stories from the world's most innovative filmmakers.

The company's Rogue Pictures label is devoted to producing and distributing high-quality suspense, action, thriller, and urban entertainment with mainstream appeal and franchise potential.

In addition to "Waist Deep," upcoming Rogue Pictures releases include Jeff Wadlow's "Cry_Wolf," starring Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, and Jared Padalecki; the untitled supernatural thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar for director Asif Kapadia; and "Altered," directed by Eduardo Sanchez, co-writer and co-director of "The Blair Witch Project."

Current and upcoming Focus Features releases include Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers" (winner of the Grand Prix at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival), starring Bill Murray; Fernando Meirelles' "The Constant Gardener," starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz; Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice," starring Keira Knightley; Harold Ramis' "The Ice Harvest," starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Connie Nielsen; Sanaa Hamri's "Something New," starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker; Rian Johnson's "Brick," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival); Gaby Dellal's "On a Clear Day," starring Peter Mullan and Brenda Blethyn; Allen Coulter's "Truth, Justice and the American Way," starring Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, and Diane Lane; Shane Acker's animated fantasy epic "9," produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley & Dana Ginsburg; and Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Focus Features is the specialty films unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Source: Rogue Pictures

CONTACT: Adriene Bowles, +1-818-777-7499, for Focus Features/Rogue
Pictures

Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/

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