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Ready Or Not Movie Poster SAMARA WEAVING ADAM BRODY MARK O’BRIEN with HENRY CZERNY and ANDIE MacDOWELL DIRECTED BY………………………………………M...

Ready Or Not [Movie]

Ready Or Not Movie Poster
SAMARA WEAVING
ADAM BRODY
MARK O’BRIEN
with HENRY CZERNY
and ANDIE MacDOWELL
DIRECTED BY………………………………………MATT BETTINELLI-OLPIN & TYLER GILLETT
WRITTEN BY………………………………………..GUY BUSICK & R. CHRISTOPHER MURPHY
PRODUCED BY………………………………………………………………………....TRIPP VINSON
…………………………………………………………………………………..…JAMES VANDERBILT
…………………………………………………………………………………………WILLIAM SHERAK
……………………………………………………………………………………BRADLEY J. FISCHER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS…………………………………………………………..CHAD VILLELLA
………………………………………………………………………………………….…TARA FARNEY
…………………………………………………………...……………………………TRACEY NYBERG
………………………………………………………………………………………DANIEL BEKERMAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY………………………………………………BRETT JUTKIEWICZ
FILM EDITOR……………………………………………………………………TEREL GIBSON, ACE
COSTUME DESIGNER…………………………………...………………………….AVERY PLEWES
PRODUCTION DESIGNER…………………………..………………………..ANDREW M. STEARN
MUSIC BY..………………………………………………………………………………..BRIAN TYLER

Fox Searchlight Pictures’ READY OR NOT follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, READY OR NOT is written by Guy Busick & R. Christopher Murphy, and stars Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, with Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell. READY OR NOT is produced by Tripp Vinson, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Bradley J. Fischer, and executive produced by Chad Villella, Tara Farney, Tracey Nyberg and Daniel Bekerman. The filmmaking team includes director of photography Brett Jutkiewicz, film editor Terel Gibson, costume designer Avery Plewes, production designer Andrew M. Stearn and music by Brian Tyler.

GRACE
You said your family was fucked up.
You didn’t say psycho killers…
In READY OR NOT, the stakes are high as a newlywed literally fights for her life, trying to survive her in-laws in a deadly game of hide and seek on her wedding night. Samara Weaving (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, THE BABYSITTER) plays Grace, a spirited young woman from modest beginnings who has been wooed by wealthy Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien, “City on a Hill”). Their 18-month courtship is culminating in a marriage ceremony at his family estate, where the mansion is imposing and so is the Le Domas clan, headed by Alex’s parents Tony and Becky (Henry Czerny, “Sharp Objects” and Andie MacDowell, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL).
With a fortune built on board games, this eccentric family is bound by time-honored traditions. “The rich really are different,” Alex’s brother Daniel (Adam Brody, SHAZAM!) cautions Grace before she heads down the aisle.
The wedding goes off without a hitch, but the carefully planned celebration has a detour mapped out for the bride. Grace — still in her wedding dress — unsuspectingly joins her new husband and in-laws for a midnight gathering to play what they describe as a traditional family game. As a new member of the family, she must draw a card from a deck to determine which game they will all play — as danger lingers in the air, Grace unsuspectingly chooses the rare “Hide and Seek” card. With only a few moments head start, Grace is to leave Alex behind and stay hidden and quiet somewhere on the premises. The others fan out to find her before sunrise…

Soon Grace makes the terrifying discovery that she is being hunted in lethal blood sport. Pushed to her limits physically and emotionally, Grace becomes hellbent on not only staying alive, but attempts to change the game forever by fighting back in any way she can.

READY OR NOT
A Killer Game of Hide and Seek
The filmmaking trio collectively known as Radio Silence (SOUTHBOUND, DEVIL’S DUE V/H/S), comprised of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, and executive producer Chad Villella, are known for their unique blending of comedy, adventure, and horror, with an eye for original screenplays that are comparably distinctive. For READY OR NOT, co-director Gillett talks about the idea of taking a conventional story to the extreme: “We loved the idea that you could take something that’s as familiar and relatable as marrying into a family and give it a genre bend in a playful way – but also in a dangerous and extreme way.”

The film’s premise comes from the scriptwriting team Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy, who have been friends and writing partners for decades. Says Gillett, “It was refreshing to read a totally original idea.” Adds Villella, “It really stood out to us.”

The screenwriters appreciated films like the classic ROSEMARY’S BABY, in which Mia Farrow memorably starred as the rattled yet tenacious Rosemary. Busick recalls, “The stakes are deadly in ROSEMARY’S BABY, and it’s very character-driven. The movie is terrifying but there’s also a hint of mischief in it and a hint of the absurd.” He and Murphy reveled in the idea of a female-driven thriller — both contemporary and timeless — that would place a young woman into next-level conflict with her new in-laws, a nocturnal fight for survival.

The audience’s entry into the family’s bizarre backroom rituals comes through the story’s fish out of water heroine, Grace, whose unfortunate destiny is to play the family “game” to determine her fate. Musing on the tantalizing nature of the game, executive producer Tara Farney says, “You pick the card and that is your fate, but the card also picks you. There’s a little underlying message that the devil is seeking out people who are pure of heart, and Grace is just that. He can’t wait to get rid of her.” But the devil didn’t count on Grace fighting back.

Ready with a confident first draft, the screenwriters took the script to friend James Vanderbilt (MURDER MYSTERY, ZODIAC). An accomplished writer and director, Vanderbilt committed his production company Mythology Entertainment to the project and then partnered with producer Tripp Vinson (MURDER MYSTERY, SAN ANDREAS) and his Vinson Films production company. Development on the script continued quickly, with Vinson recognizing thestory’s appeal in the rich lineage of horror movies including THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, CABIN IN THE WOODS and YOU’RE NEXT – where human beings are hunted for sport.

“READY OR NOT is a little bit outside the box,” says Vinson. “I knew we were not going to get the big budget of a comic book movie. But that allowed us to take creative risks.”
When the call went out for directors, Radio Silence answered. Vinson admits, “I was a little apprehensive when I heard that three people were going to be coming in and talking to us about READY OR NOT.” But since the filmmaking collective — consisting of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and executive producer Chad Villella — had begun working together in 2009, their reputation had grown by way of their short films and feature work.

Gillett explains, “It’s like being in a band. The three of us have all worked together to create a very specific sound. We know how everyone has tuned instruments, and we’re all good at different things.”

Bettinelli-Olpin adds, “There were great character elements, and that excited us. The journey that Grace goes on pulls you in.”

The screenwriters were thrilled with the director team choice. Busick notes, “We knew that Matt, Tyler and Chad would not only do the script justice but also elevate it with their particular style — fitting perfectly with our vision for the story.” Murphy adds, “From the moment they showed us concept art of what they were going for it was, ‘You get it.’ There was never any doubt.” Executive producer Tara Farney adds, “They understood the tone of this movie completely and know how to balance the irony and comedy with horror.”

“Crafting a good scare is actually similar to crafting a good joke. You set it up and there is a punchline,” said Gillett.

The actors on set appreciated the team’s “go for it” approach to their work on the film. “They would come prepared, but they all worked with us very constructively on set. As directors, Tyler Gillett is a craftsman with the camera and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin will talk to the actors first, but they switch off; it’s kind of symbiotic,” adds cast member Mark O’Brien.

Gillett sums it up, “The three of us — Matt, Chad, and myself — wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t friends and we didn’t love working together. This wouldn’t be as much fun if it was just one person!”















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