Barbet Schroeder, Tobe Hooper, Michael Winner and Andrei Konchalovsky are amongst the various filmmakers who’ll give on camera interviews for the upcoming documentary “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” says Deadline.
The film comes from multiple award winning Mark Hartley, the man behind the highly praised and endlessly enjoyable doco “Not Quite Hollywood” which explored the exploitation, trashy horror and B-grade action movies of the Australian film industry in the 1970’s and 80’s.
With ‘Boogaloo’. Hartley has lined up interviews with around fifty people. The two key talks he is trying to score though are on screen chats with Israeli-born cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. The pair purchased Cannon in 1979 and used it to churn out dozens of high-end exploitation films including the likes of “Cobra,” “King Solomon’s Mines,” “Masters of the Universe,” “Over the Top,” “Invasion U.S.A.,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” along with franchises like “Death Wish,” “Missing in Action,” “American Ninja” and “Delta Force”.
Drafthouse Films was expected to give ‘Boogaloo’ a theatrical release this year but funding delays have pushed the project which now won’t start filming until next July.
Hartley is also prepping a remake of 1978’s “Patrick” starring Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths and Sharni Vinson. That project begins shooting this November in Melbourne.