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Another Stephen King Book Becomes a Feature Film - "Dreamcatcher"
Burbank, CA - January 2002

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"Dreamcatcher," based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, began principal photography with Lawrence Kasdan at the helm on January 13, 2002. The film stars Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore as military officers, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis and Timothy Olyphant as life long friends, and Donnie Wahlberg as a mysterious figure at the center of their circle.

It tells the story of four young friends who perform a heroic act and are changed forever by the uncanny powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they are overtaken by a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends must first prevent the slaughter of innocent civilians by a military vigilante, then overcome a threat to the bond between them. In the end, they confront an unparalleled horror, with the fate of the world in the balance.

"Dreamcatcher" was adapted for the screen by William Goldman, who received Academy Awards® for both "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid" and "All The President's Men" and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote, or co-wrote, four of the most successful films in motion picture history: "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi" and "The Bodyguard."

The exceptional technical team includes cinematographer John Seale ("Harry Potter" & "The Perfect Storm"), who won an Academy Award® for "The English Patient," and production designer Jon Hutman ("What Women Want" & "The Horse Whisperer"), who won an Emmy Award for "The West Wing."

"Dreamcatcher" is produced by Kasdan and Charles Okun, accompanied by Casey Grant as line producer. Bruce Berman is the executive producer. Jon Hutman and Steve Dunn are the co-producers and Mark Kasdan is the associate producer.

“Dreamcatcher” is an SSDD Films production for Castle Rock Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment. “Dreamcatcher” will be distributed worldwide in early 2003 by Warner Bros. Pictures (AOL Time Warner Company) and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Filming begins on location in the snowy woods of Prince George, northern British Columbia, and later moves to Vancouver.

Morgan Freeman can be seen in two upcoming releases. He stars with Ben Affleck in the Tom Clancy thriller "The Sum of All Fears" and with Ashley Judd in "High Crimes."

Freeman's performance in "Driving Miss Daisy" earned him a Golden Globe Award, the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for Best Actor and an Academy Award® nomination. He was nominated for Best Actor in director Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shawshank Redemption." Earlier he won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society of Film Critics Awards and received Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his work on "Street Smart." Freeman's recent credits include "Along Came a Spider," "Nurse Betty," "Deep Impact," and "Amistad."

Thomas Jane stars opposite Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy "The Sweetest Thing," which will be released later this year. He played baseball legend Mickey Mantle for director Billy Crystal in the Emmy nominated HBO film "61*" and received critical praise for his work in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights."

Jason Lee played the lead singer of a 1970s rock band in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" and recently re-teamed with the director, playing the best friend to Tom Cruise’s character in "Vanilla Sky." He stars in three upcoming releases, "Big Trouble," "The Promise" and "A Guy Thing." Lee won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in "Chasing Amy" and played the lonely young skateboarding billionaire in Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford."

Damian Lewis received an Emmy nomination for his performance as Major Richard Winters in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' award-winning series "Band of Brothers." The young British actor also played Laertes in the Broadway production of "Hamlet," which starred Ralph Fiennes.

Timothy Olyphant stars in the 2002 Sundance Film Festival entry "Coastlines" with Josh Brolin and Sarah Wynter. Olyphant, who recently appeared in "Rock Star" and "Gone In Sixty Seconds," captured attention as the drug dealer in Doug Liman's critically acclaimed film "Go." He played Mickey in "Scream 2" and joined Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor in "A Life Less Ordinary."

Tom Sizemore is currently on screen in "Black Hawk Down" and will be seen later this year in the comedy "Big Trouble" with Tim Allen, Stanley Tucci and Rene Russo. Sizemore co-starred in "Pearl Harbor" and "Saving Private Ryan." His credits include "Red Planet," "Bringing Out the Dead," "Heat," "Devil in a Blue Dress," and Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp." He made his film debut in "Born on the Fourth of July."

Lawrence Kasdan is the director of "Body Heat," "The Big Chill," "Silverado," "The Accidental Tourist," "I Love You To Death," "Grand Canyon," "Wyatt Earp," "French Kiss" and "Mumford." He also wrote or co-wrote all these pictures with the exception of John Kostmayer's "I Love You To Death" and Adam Brooks' "French Kiss." "The Big Chill" was nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Picture. "The Accidental Tourist" was nominated for four Academy Awards® and earned Geena Davis the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. "Grand Canyon" won the Golden Bear Award for Best Picture at the Berlin International Film Festival and earned Kasdan and his wife, Meg, Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay.

SOURCE: Village Roadshow Pictures

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