SURF'S UP AROUND THE WORLD FOR 'THE ENDLESS SUMMER 2'
SURF'S UP AROUND THE WORLD FOR 'THE ENDLESS SUMMER 2' Two-Year International Production Schedule Set for Major Sequel to Classic 1966 Surfing Film; Production Marks Return to Filmmaking for Renowned Bruce Brown LOS ANGELES, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The search for the ever- elusive "perfect wave" will continue on the beaches of many countries in "The Endless Summer 2," a major sequel to the classic 1966 surfing film, it was announced today by filmmaker Bruce Brown and New Line Cinema (AMEX: NLN). "The Endless Summer 2" marks the return to filmmaking for Brown, the California native and surfing enthusiast who photographed, edited and narrated its predecessor, "The Endless Summer." Production on "The Endless Summer 2," scheduled to begin in late April in Costa Rica, will feature exotic surfing venues in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Java, Bali and Hawaii. Other potential locations include Peru, Brazil, France and the Reunion/Mauritius Islands. "The Endless Summer 2," slated for release in April 1994, will be distributed by New Line Cinema. "Although times have changed, and the sport of surfing has evolved since the first film was released, 'The Endless Summer 2' will recapture the adventure and freedom that surfing celebrates," Brown said. The first film, heralded as an ambitious and innovative project, met with outstanding critical and commercial success. Shot on a budget of $50,000, the film has grossed an estimated $30 million worldwide, ranking it as one of the highest-grossing non-fiction films of all time. Brown also produced and directed "On Any Sunday," the motorcycling documentary featuring Steve McQueen which earned the filmmaker a 1971 Academy Award nomination for Best Feature-Length Documentary. "The Endless Summer 2" will be directed by Brown and is co-written by Brown and his son Dana, who also serves as associate producer. The film is produced
by Ron Moler and Roger Riddell, and will be presented in 70mm format in selected cities.
Moler, founder of the motion picture advertising and marketing firm Aspect Ratio, has produced films including "Bachelor Party" and "I Love You to Death." Riddell, who is the founder of RNF Media Corp., an entertainment advertising agency, has produced films including "The Late Great Planet Earth," "Dirt" and "Wheels of Fire." Riddell worked with Brown on "On Any Sunday" and produced "On Any Sunday 2," as well. "The Endless Summer 2" will feature the international journey of two top surfing professionals, Robert "Wingnut" Weaver and Pat O'Connell, who are long- and short-board surfers, respectively. "The difference between the two is the style of surfing," Moler explained. "Long-board represents more of the classic style of surfing where form, footwork and graceful movement are involved. The short board allows the surfer to generate more radical movement in the waves and reflects a more aggressive style," he said. Weaver, 26, has won surfing contests including the Santa Cruz Longboard Union, the Big Stick Surf-O-Rama and the Malibu Coastline Cup, among several other honors. The 21-year-old O'Connell began surfing professionally at age 18 and has participated in surfing contests in Japan, France, California and Hawaii. He has appeared twice on the cover of Surfing Magazine. Robert August and Mike Hynson, the surfers featured in "The Endless Summer," will also make special cameo appearances in "The Endless Summer 2." In the first film, August and Hynson introduced other countries to the ocean's recreational potential. With the sport now enjoying universal appeal, "The Endless Summer 2" will have a slightly different focus, Moler said. "The world we live in today is a complete pressure situation," he said. "We want to find out if there is still such a thing as an 'endless summer.' Does freedom still exist? Is it possible for people to just say 'the heck with it all' and take a journey in search of adventure?" "The Endless Summer 2" will also reflect the evolution of the sport from an unusual pastime to what the filmmakers call "a global experience" that has influenced hairstyles, popular language and fashion, as well. "Surfing has crossed all cultural and political lines," Moler said. "You see families and generations of families surfing now. It is a unique sport because it connects with the environment but does not pollute or leave scars on the earth. And surfing still carries the same mystique it did in the '60s." This year marks New Line Cinema's 25th anniversary as the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures, with more than 20 releases due in 1992. New Line licenses its films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television, as well as to all international markets. -0- 4/21/92 /CONTACT: Christina Kounelias or Mark Cheatham of New Line Cinema Publicity, 310-854-5811/ (NLN) CO: New Line Cinema ST: California IN: ENT SU:
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