END OF DAYS
The Countdown Commences
End of Days
presented the filmmakers with a unique opportunity-to instill a genuine fear of
the unknown into the masses. The story takes the audience on a whirlwind ride
from the Vatican City to New York City's sordid Times Square, while touching on
a present day topic which has engrossed the world... the end of the millennium.
While doom-sayers predict Y2K
breakdowns, planetary alignments and destruction of the earth by earthquakes and
meteor showers, the rest of the world lays in wait, unsure of the future, thus
setting the stage for End of Days.
"Hopefully, this is a film
that will entertain audiences while exploring age-old religious themes like
heaven and hellĂ‰faith and death," says producer Armyan Bernstein.
Andrew W. Marlowe wrote End of
Days after pitching the idea with Bernstein to Hollywood box office star
Arnold Schwarzenegger, and wrote the film with Schwarzenegger in mind.
"I always wanted to work with
Arnold," says Marlowe, "and I started to think about how his
characters have been matched with so many great villains, but what haven't we
seen? So I thought, why not go with the greatest villain in the history of
After finalizing a shooting
script, Schwarzenegger signed on to star as the reluctant hero Jericho Cane.
Schwarzenegger says, "It was
just a fantastic script, so timely. I was vacationing in Hawaii when Andrew came
to me with this great idea, where I would fight something much bigger than
anything I had ever fought in my whole life on the screen."
aware about the millennium and this is the only movie coming out now that
explores all the themes: Will the world come to an end? Will Satan return? It's
a story of biblical proportions," says Schwarzenegger.
Fortunately for the filmmakers,
they were able to land the ideal director to helm End of Days, in Peter
Hyams, who also signed on as director of photography. (Hyams had previously
served as director and cinematographer on numerous films, including 2010,
Running Scared, The Presidio and Narrow Margin).
"Hyams impressed me with how
much experience he'd had in the genres this film exploredĂ‘the supernatural,
horror, action and even science fiction," Bernstein says. "Not many
people have had more experience with these themes."
He continues, "After
discussing the film with Peter, I understood that his unique vision and approach
would bring the eerie tones of Andrew Marlowe's words to life."
Hyams was intrigued by the film's
premise from the on-set, and says, "The attempt to address the issues in
the film in a magnificent, frightening and believable way was the real challenge
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