Petr Jákl releases Todd Robinson's US war drama The Last Full Measure online in the Czech Republic
- The Czech producer and director is working on other US projects while also finishing the most expensive Czech movie to date
Czech stuntman-turned-director and producer Petr Jákl has been very busy lately, on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently finishing a big-budget historical epic based on the life of Jan Žižka, Jan Žižka – Warrior of God/Medieval (see the news), which is poised to become the most expensive Czech film to date (and which is scheduled for a 6 February 2021 release). However, he has also managed to co-produce the US war drama The Last Full Measure, written and directed by Todd Robinson. The movie, based on a true story, follows Vietnam war hero William H Pitsenbarger, a medic who personally saved over 60 men. William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Ed Harris, Samuel L Jackson and Peter Fonda (in his last role) star in the film, budgeted at $20 million.
Given the current global situation, Jákl decided to release the film in the Czech Republic via the newly set-up VoD portal www.vasekino.cz (lit. “www.yourcinema.cz”), run by the Association of Cinema Operators. Cinemas throughout the Czech Republic are participating in the effort, which is supposed to help them through these turbulent times of social distancing. Viewers can choose which cinema out of the total number of 80 with a single viewing room (ie, no multiplexes) they wish to support while buying virtual tickets. “I’m sorry that the film can’t be shown in cinemas, but on the other hand, the ‘Your Cinema’ project is so interesting that we have decided to premiere The Last Full Measure like this. It is something completely new and is the only option at this time,” said Jákl, who decided to donate the earnings (half of the ticket price) to a non-profit therapeutic centre.
The Last Full Measure is not the sole US project that Jákl is co-producing. He is also collaborating on an upcoming drama directed by Michael Polish, based on a book by William E Owen, Axis Sally Confidential, entitled Axis Sally. Al Pacino and Meadow Williams star in the film based on the true story of a woman who unwittingly became the voice of German propaganda targeted at American troops during World War II. There’s also the comedy Best Sellers, starring Michael Caine, who will also appear in Jan Žižka – Warrior of God/Medieval, which is currently being finished. Aubrey Plaza stars alongside the Oscar winner in the feature debut by Lina Roessler, where Caine plays a miserable author on his last book tour as a young editor (Plaza) drags him out of his state of seclusion. It is not yet clear whether his latest efforts will follow The Last Full Measure’s lead and be released in the Czech Republic.
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