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UltraViolet

A sci/fi action movie, written and
directed by Kurt Wimmer.  Mar. 3, 2006 - Official Site



Cast

Budget - 30 Mil

Locations

    • Hong Kong, China
    • Shanghai, China

Filming Dates:
Feb. 9 - Jun. 15, 2004


Page Contents
3 Links & Discussions


 Letter From Wimmer to the
 Equilibrium Fans

Feb. 8, 2004 - To Jen and all the fans of Equilibrium,

after the release of EQ I had to wonder whether I would ever see another day fulfilling my life's ambition as a director on a film set again. Or if, in fact, as it appeared, the thing that I wanted most in life would now be forever out of my reach. Well, by the grace of God, in a few hours, barring disaster, I will step onto a set once more. I cannot predict the outcome on any level. I can only say that it was extraordinarily hard getting to this point and that there is no doubt that this is far and away in terms of scope, the most ambitious film of this budget to ever be made, and that the odds are definitely not in my favor. But Jen, the kind words of fans of EQ like yourself have buoyed my spirits and given me the strength to fight my way back to this point. From the bottom of my heart, thanks. I will endeavor to pay you back in the only way I know how - by making the best film I can. UltraViolet begins in 10 hours.

Your fan, Kurt

...(we love you Kurt & are with you all the way!!) ...leave comments on the message board here...






Information & News

Apr. 13, 2006 - Site Article
UltraViolet: Rough Cut vs. Studio Cut

by Psyclops: I'm sure most of you will be going to see ULTRAVIOLET this weekend. I just got back from a showing here in Los Angeles and I figured I'd start a thread discussing the various differences between the cut that was screened last February, which I had the opportunity to see, and the finished product. Some of the changes are pretty insignificant while other scenes changed the way the film was structured. I'll list as many as I can remember either way. The rough cut of the movie ran about two hours in length while this new version clocks in at 88 minutes. There will be spoilers contained within so please tread carefully.

Read more



Mar. 20, 2006 - UV Music
UltraViolet Opening Score On-line: Klaus Badelt

Posted on Hans Zimmer's Website: As it seems to be no plan for a cd release, we decided to present the opening title online in a very bad quality (to prevent illegal copy) (MP3-mono-96Kbs) in order to share with you one of the most exciting Klaus Badelt's piece of music ever composed...

Download here



Mar. 3, 2006 - UV Addition
UltraViolet Wrap Party Invitation



Mar. 1, 2006 - UV on the Net
More UltraViolet on the Internet (updated Mar. 1)




Feb. 17, 2006 -
UV on the Net

3 UltraViolet Clips Hit the Internet



Feb. 14, 2006 - UV Update
4 New UltraViolet Production Stills

::click images for full size::






Discussion



Feb. 11, 2006 - UV Official Site
UltraViolet's Official Website goes Live




Feb. 9, 2006 - Source: CountingDown.com
More UltraViolet Stills Some with Director Kurt Wimmer

Posted by dim on the boards...

::click images for full size::




See More Source: CountingDown.com Discussion


Feb. 7, 2006 - Official UltraViolet Site
UltraViolet Release Date Changed: March 3

On the boards JenGe wrote: This has been a rumor for a few days now but I wanted to wait until something official had been posted. The official site has been updated with the new date: March 3...

Official Site

Not sure if that is a better slot or not...


Jan. 27, 2006 - Apple.com
UltraViolet Trailer in High Definition

On the boards Anna28 wrote OMG! The ohh soo pretty Ultraviolet HD Trailer is now out...

(for music used see UltraViolet @ Soundtrack.Net)


Jan. 23, 2006 - ComingSoon.net
Lots More UltraViolet Stills & the USA One Sheet

Posted by mystery "Guest" on the boards...

Jan. 13, 2006 - UGO.com
UltraViolet Trailer Hits the Net

On the boards JenGe wrote All I can say is OMG!!!


(for music used see UltraViolet @ Soundtrack.Net)


Jan. 4, 2006 - Publishers Weekly
UltraViolet Gets Novelized

Publisher's Weekley currently has UltraViolet listed as an upcoming novelization release...

Ultraviolet
Starring Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright
Directed by Kurt Wimmer
Release Date February 24 (Sony)
Novelization by Yvonne Navarro (Warner, Mar. 1; mass market)
Sci-fi vampire thriller set in the late 21st century.



Jan. 1, 2006 - MillaJ.com
23 New UltraViolet Images

MillaJ.com has updated their UV page with 23 more images from the film...(thanks to wimmerfan!!)



  also see  Discussion



Dec. 24, 2005 - Sci/Fi Wire
2 More UltraViolet Stills Hit the Web

Posted by mystery "Guest" on the boards...from Sci/Fi Wire

(click for full images)



See Source: Sci/fi Wire Discussion



Dec. 23, 2005 - Sony Pictures
Sony Puts Up an Official Page for UltraViolet


Sony has started an official page for UltraViolet.  Currently it is only a promotional image but what a stunner it is!!


Dec. 1, 2005 - MoviesOnline
2nd UltraViolet Still Hits the Internet


Posted by mystery "Guest" on the boards...(thanks to Libby for the source link!!)



Nov. 24, 2005 - www.Movie-Fever.com
New UltraViolet Still


On the Boards JohnPrestonCleric Wrote: I found this Ultraviolet pic on the net: [here...]


Aug. 23, 2005 - UV Production Art
More UltraViolet Production Art @ Static Line Productions

Posted by JenGe: "I know you guys really want news about the actual film but I don't have any. I did find [this] though the other day on Mark Bristol's site..."



June 29, 2005 - UltraViolet: On the Net
ComingSoon.net: UltraViolet Used New Transfer Technology

"UltraViolet uses the Sony e-VTR's enhanced file transfer capabilities, working with Orbital Data's TotalTransport technology, to speed the backhaul of dailies, allowing data files to be reviewed electronically instead of the more time-consuming process of distributing hard media via physical courier. The results are significant savings in production time and budget."



May 24, 2005 - OSNews.com
Actor William Fichtner on Technology, Movies, & Career

His latest movie is UltraViolet. Geeks will recognize its director, Kurt Wimmer, as the director of 'Equilibrium' in 2002. "Kurt is a really smart gentleman. I had a really good experience shooting UltraViolet 1 1/2 years ago in Hong Kong and Beijing." Milla Jovovich plays "Violet", a woman with a blood-eating disorder, set in a futuristic world. "Milla is unbelievable", Fichtner says. "She has an inner torque, she is a super hero. I don't think anyone could have played her part better than she did, she was unbelievable, just like in Joan of Arc. She has such a commitment. I play Garth, a super-techie guy who is taken with Milla's character, but she is one notch above the ladder for him. I play a good guy this time, and I think that no matter what other roles I ever might portray for Kurt Wimmer, he will always ask me to play "good, underground guys". Fichtner played the leader of an underground resistance movement in Equilibrium. "This film had a huge internet underground following, of mainly teenagers. Many times I am stopped on the street by 19-year olds shouting "hey dude!", remembering me from Equilibrium, in specific"




Apr. 2005 - UFA Conference 2005 Report
Kurt Wimmer Talks About Ultraviolet

“Ultraviolet took twenty years off my life.” He said they chose to shoot in Shanghai…and said it was an amazing city because it is Mainland China’s push to create Hong Kong’s equal...

Milla, he said, is “a killer Ukraine.” He recalled that on the set he asked her to punch him expecting to get it in the stomach and she gave him a black eye...
 



Feb. 2005 - MoviesOnline.ca

UltraViolet - Klaus Badelt Composes Soundtrack


Klaus Badelt works again for a movie directed by Kurt Wimmer. After composing the music for "Equilibrium ", he also will compose the orignal score for "Ultraviolet". Other movies Badelt made the music for are "Catwoman", "The Time Machine" and "Ned Kelly".





Oct. 27, 2004 - Sci/Fi Wire
Bright Lights Up Ultraviolet

Cameron Bright told SCI FI Wire that he just wrapped production on the upcoming SF-horror-adventure movie Ultraviolet, in which the 11-year-old actor co-stars with Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil)..."It was fun," Bright said. "The director [Equilibrium's Kurt Wimmer] wrote the screenplay. It was lots and lots of green screens. Because it's an action movie, there was a lot of that type of stuff. I did a lot of wire work myself...There were [also] a lot of guns shooting and explosives..."




Sep. 9, 2004 - thanks to corinthian!!

The following comment was made in a recent article at Scifi.com...

"Ultraviolet is tentatively slotted for a summer 2005 release."


May 1, 2004 - (posted Sep. 7)

Ricardo Mamood Comments on Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet is currently filming on location in Hong Kong. Jovovich is the leading star. [Ricardo] Mamood will be playing her husband...Pressed for more details about the script for Ultraviolet and what his scenes with Jovovich will involve, he carefully sidesteps the question. "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that," Mamood begins, "I'm her husband, I can tell you that much and I'll leave the rest for you to watch. I don't want to give it away but I'm very excited about it because to play opposite an established professional actress is very good exposure."


See Full Interview Mamood's Official Website



Feb. 22, 2004

UltraViolet Images in Hong Kong Papers

Hong Kong's The Sun  & Oriental Daily have captured several new UV images. (Thanks to KungFuDj!!) 

::Click Images::


Mar. 28/29, 2003
Announced


May 30, 2003
Milla Jovovich Cast
  • Roses are Red, Violet is Cast (CHUD) - "Yes, it's true, we have cast Milla.
    Image courtesy
    CHUD.com by Mark Bristol

    Though shooting's a ways off, with all the prep necessary for this film, we've started physical training with her already so we can hit the beach at a sprint. Acting ability was always a given but I was relieved to find that she has excellent fundamental kicking and punching skills as well as a basic coordination that's allowing her to pick up sword and kali-stick basics along with wu shu isometric forms relatively easily. Though it's sometimes also the case with men, I think it's even more common with women that no matter how much training you give them, you'll never be able to convincingly transform them, both in terms of physicality and in terms of attitude, into warriors. It's tricky business - Linda H. Sigourney, maybe a few others - the list of success isn't very long. But when I watch the tapes of our sessions with Milla, sword arced over her head, I can see in her eyes - she's a killer." - Kurt Wimmer
  • Jovovich Joins Vampire Flick - "According to Variety, Milla Jovovich has signed to star in Screen Gems' futuristic vampire flick, Ultraviolet,..."


July 2003

CHUD Magazine Interview

CHUD.com's magazine, Movie Insider,  interview with Kurt Wimmer. 
"...I'm more interested in the human feelings I want to describe, that move me - that really move me - and I want to find a way to describe them on film and put them into the audience's gut...- K.W."   For more click here...  

courtesy Movie Insider by Mark Bristol

Oct. 2003
Wimmer's Comments on CHUD

Kurt Wimmer made the following comment on CHUD's message board...

"...I am off to China tonite to begin the undertaking of making this film. Between now and February 9th - the first scheduled day of principal photography - lie innumerable pitfalls; any of which could scuttle the production and send me back to America. But if I make it that far, and beyond, through the very long shoot - then, I will do everything in my power to make for you and for me - the best film I possibly can. Kurt




Aug. 2003-Jan. 2004
UltraViolet Mentioned in Hong Kong Gov. Newsletter

Hong Kong on Location (Issue No. 11)
The Film Services Office Bi-quarterly Newsletter (8.2003 – 1.2004)
(see page 4 - also note the error in production costs which is actually $30 mil)

Hollywood’s $300 million Production Sets the Stage in Hong Kong

Hollywood’s $300-million sci-fi Ultraviolet (directed by Kurt Wimmer) is at the height of pre-production in Hong Kong. Starring Milla Jovovich of The Fifth Element, the director decided to shoot 80% of the film in Hong Kong — a leap from 20% in the original plan, and to extend the period of filming from February to May. As the story takes place a millennium from now, the first crew arriving at Hong Kong last November was mainly engaged in scouting about for modern buildings. We helped them with work visa applications to the Immigration Department and location scouting. So following Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Hong Kong’s unique cityscape will be laid once again before the eyes of the world. The film company will hire 120 local film workers, which is expected to benefit the economy. (no link )



Feb. 2004

MillaNews.com not only has a bunch of photos of the cast & crew of UltraViolet but also a letter from Milla Jovovich describing her trained & experience preparing for the film... (go Milla!!)

Training for UV (Ultraviolet) has been SOOOO amazing! It's really the best experience I've ever had I think. All the guys on the stunt team are super cool and the girls are super hot! hehe. I've been trying to document my experience here as much as possible for you guys, so you'll see lot's of pictures of everyone I've been spending everyday with. I'm learning some of the craziest stuff, you don't even know! And we'll be doing things with weapons that can only come out of a true synthesis of an American AND Hong Kong crew. Really Mike Smith (the stunt coordinator) and Kurt Wimmer (the director) have dreamed up a whirlwind that (if I can pull it all off! Yikes!) will be pretty damn cool. I've been training from 11am to about 6pm mon. thru fri. and my body is going through the loop, but I don't care, every second of pain is worth it to make Violet come to life... - Milla Jovovich, Letter at  MillaNews.com

 
Mike, Kurt, & Milla - Image courtesy of Milla & MillaNews.com 

(a heartfelt thanks & lots of hugs to Roby at MillaNews.com for allowing me to add this stuff to the site!! But there's lots more over there.)


Also see
The UltraViolet page at MillaJ.com


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