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'Saints and Soldiers' Creators Filming Next Movie

'Saints and Soldiers' Creators Filming Next Movie



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Carole Mikita ReportingBoy Scouts, Bad Guys and a tie to the legendary Butch Cassidy-- it's all part of a new action-adventure film being shot in Utah.

Back to making movies, director Ryan Little and producer Adam Abel - fresh from the success of their critically acclaimed 'Saints and Soldiers' - have made a big turn from war pictures to action-adventure.

Ryan Little, Director 'The Outlaw Trail': "Not wearing so many hats, we have a lot more money, which is nice. We have a bigger cast, we have some great names in our film and we have more shooting days, so all that combines for a better film, we think."

Set in 1950 Circleville, Utah, the story is about 16-year-old Roy Parker who inherits a belt buckle from his great uncle Leroy a.k.a. Butch Cassidy. The buckle has a treasure map on it.

Ryan Kelley, Roy Parker 'The Outlaw Trail': "I get to jump on moving trains, airplanes, moving horses, shooting guns, blowing stuff up. It's action packed so it's fun."

Besides this group of young actors, Adam and Ryan were able to hire a Hollywood veteran with more than 80 major motion pictures to his credit. Bruce McGill makes a living playing bad guys. He works with the best and only said yes to Adam and Ryan after he'd seen 'Saints and Soldiers'--he was impressed.

Bruce McGill, 'The Outlaw Trail': "My last few directors have been Ron Howard, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Cameron Crowe, Robert Redford, so top of the heap. But, you know, you look around for talented people. They are good leaders and great salesmen."

Adam Abel, producer, 'The Outlaw Trail': "If people have seen 'Goonies', 'Indiana Jones', 'National Treasure', that's the type of movie this is."

They wrap up shooting in a week and hope it will be picked up for distribution next spring for a possible fall 2006 release.

These filmmakers were the only Utahns to receive the state film and tax incentive this year for bringing a boost to the local economy.

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