The Rangers: A Shadow Rising is a pilot for an hour long episodic fantasy series, initially funded by a successful Kickcstarter campaign. The story is based in a unique fantasy world and follows the adventures of an elite band of warriors known as The Rangers.
The Rangers is a new independent fantasy feature directed by Ron Newcomb (Rise of the Fellowship). Currently in post production, The Rangers: A Shadow Rising should be released in the first quarter of 2015. At present the production team are busy finalising the visual effects and creating a final edit. Although The Rangers: A Shadow Rising is an original story, it is fair to say that Professor Tolkien’s work has certainly had an influence upon the proceedings, both with regard to the plot and production design.
The film project is about a special force of soldiers, known as Rangers, who were founded long ago by King Alirion to guard and watch the borders of the Kingdom of Olaran. Follow the adventures of the unit of Rangers led by Brander Noke, also known as Wolf, and their new rookie Soren Fell. Together, they must help their world overcome its greatest challenge, as they face their own personal demons. Can the Rangers save their world? Let us take you on the journey to find out.
Backed by a Kickstarter campaign this past spring, “The Rangers” shares Rappahannock’s entrepreneurial spirit. The series is an entirely independent project by Newcomb’s Opening Act Productions, makers of “Rise of the Fellowship,” a feature film from last December. A modern-day action-comedy that pays homage to Lord of the Rings.
“While ‘Rise of the Fellowship’ was a family-friendly romp, ‘The Rangers’ will definitely be a more intense, grittier outing,” Newcomb said. “We’ve pulled out all the stops for this one — custom-made costumes and weapons, incredible special-effects make-up, some up-and-coming actors who already have an impressive list of credits among them and great partners like the residents of Rappahannock.”
Newcomb sees “The Rangers” as the pilot for what he hopes will be a 10 or 12-episode season for a distributor like Netflix. But, he added, laughing: “I’ll shoot as many as they want.”
“Everybody is searching for content,” Newcomb said, “and everybody needs new shows. So there’s definitely a market and a window for something like this — but it’s a small window.”
Cast & Credits
Directed by: Ron Newcomb
Starring: Sól Geirsdóttir, Chris Attoh, Wolf J Sherrill, Martin X Gesis, David Nordquist, Skip Lipman and Marita Tathariel
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