Brad Ellis and Allen C. Gardner have been making movies together since they were in high school. Their features The Path Of Fear (2002), Act One (2005), Being Awesome (2013) have all won multiple awards at the Indie Memphis Film Festival and elsewhere, and their vampire movie Daylight Fades (2010) received international distribution.
(left to right) Drew Smith, Allen C. Gardner, Matt Mercer, Matthew Gilliam, and Nathan Ross Murphy in Bad, Bad Men
Now they have released the first trailer for their new comedy, Bad Bad Men, which stars Gardner as a schlubby real estate agent who is bullied at a coffee shop. But his scheme to get revenge on his petty tormentors backfires, and leads to an After Hours-style adventure in the Memphis underworld. The film, which was shot in Memphis last August by cinematographer Ryan Parker, also stars local actors Drew Smith, Dennis Phillppi, Nathan Ross Murphy, Donald Myers, Markus Seaberry, and singer Alexis Grace. The film is currently in post production with Laura Jean Hocking as the editor, and we should expect to see it hit the festival circuit in the fall.
Ignoring the caveat implicit in the title of his second Jack Reacher film, Never Go Back, Tom Cruise is indeed back in a role that still seems unsuited for him, despite some improvements over his first try in 2012, the eponymous Jack Reacher.