About The Production
Producer/Co-writer Cooper Layne was on a visit to Hawaii when
he saw magma from a volcano flowing down into the ocean and cooling as it hit
the water. "I thought, wouldn't it be interesting if you could actually
go into a volcano in some kind of a ship that could take you to the
molten center of the earth'?" Layne recalls. "And then I realized
that the molten center of a volcano is really a spigot directly into the liquid
core of the planet."
Thus, the idea for "The Core" was born. Layne then
took the concept to producer David Foster, and together, with Layne's
producing partner, Sean Bailey, the trio pitched the story to John Goldwyn at
With over 25 production credits to his name, ranging from
classics like "The Getaway" and "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
to more recent hits like "The River Wild" and "The Mask of
Zorro," Foster knew a great
idea when he saw one. He went to his friend, director Jon Amid, with whom he'd
wanted to work for years, and the intriguing story clinched the deal.
Once co-writer John Rogers
was brought on board, the script was finalized, and the next order of business
was to assemble a topnotch cast. Foster and Amiel knew it would attract high
caliber actors, and they were right.
For Eckhart, the movie's "reluctant hero." it was not only the
captivating script that interested him in the project, but also the chance to
make a film everyone -- adults
and kids -- could
"This film is about people working together to save the planet,"
says Eckhart. "Not only am I proud of it, but I think it will get people
thinking about our earth in a whole new way.
Hilary Swank, who plays one of the terranauts who pilot the subterranean
craft toward the planet's core, was drawn to playing a strong character like
Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs and she was excited to work with the film's
"I love Jon Amiel!" Swank exclaims. "And when I
heard who my fellow cast members were going to be, I just
couldn't resist working with such talent. Besides, how often does a
fascinating character like a terranaut come into your path'? The
whole concept of the movie intrigued me."
"Moment to moment. the story is fun, interesting and quite
humorous." says Bruce Greenwood, who plays Commander Iverson. "The
dialogue was clever, too, and the relationships between the characters are polar
enough to cause plenty of tension."
Stanley Tucci, who portrays the know-it-all scientist, was impressed with the
script's balance between character development and action. "This is a
really good ensemble piece in which everybody is able to show off his or her
talents and have a good time. It will definitely make you think."
"There's an incredible world inside our planet," says Alfre
Woodard, the woman who guides the terranauts as they make their way toward the
core, "and no movie has ever explored it quite like this."
To add to the adventure and to lend authenticity to the film,
director Jon Amiel paired his actors with appropriate advisors, including
Caltech scientists. NASA astronauts, UCLA professors and military personnel.
D.J. Qualls, who portrays the computer
genius "Rat," talked to a lot of hackers who'd been in jail and were
now rehabilitated or working for the government. It was research that he found
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