Business19 February 2021
Evans Forms Creative Partnership with Netflix
Gareth Evans has signed an exclusive deal with Netflix to produce and direct films for the studio for the next several years. Havoc will be the first feature under the new creative partnership.
Writer and Director: Gareth Evans (Gangs of London, Apostle, The Raid)
Producers: Gareth Evans for One More One Productions, Ed Talfan for Severn Screen, Aram Tertzakian for XYZ Films; Tom Hardy
Cast: Tom Hardy (Venom, Dunkirk, The Revenant)
Logline: After a drug deal gone wrong, a bruised detective must fight his way through a criminal underworld to rescue a politician's estranged son, while unraveling a deep web of corruption and conspiracy that ensnares his entire city.
Evans is a multi-award winning Welsh film director, screenwriter, editor, and action choreographer. He is best known for his Indonesian action-crime films Merantau, The Raid and The Raid 2 which brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat into world cinema. He has previously collaborated with Netflix, XYZ and Severn Screen on the 2018 horror/thriller Apostle starring Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen and Kristine Froseth.
Havoc continues Netflix and XYZ’s relationship which also includes previous features iBoy, ARQ, Bushwick, I Don’t Feel At Home in this World Anymore, Mercy, and The Night Comes For Us.
Gareth Evans Bio:
Gareth Evans is a multi-award winning Welsh film director, screenwriter, editor, and action choreographer.
His early films Merantau, and The Raid 1 & 2 brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat into world cinema. Following his return to the UK from Indonesia, Apostle, a British folk-horror starring Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen and Lucy Boynton was shot entirely in Wales and released on Netflix in 2018.
Gareth and long-time collaborator Matt Flannery have since co-created the TV series “Gangs of London” for Sky Atlantic and AMC on which Ed Talfan served as Producer for the critically acclaimed Fifth Episode. The show was first broadcast in the UK in April 2020, followed by the US in October 2020.
XYZ Films is an independent studio whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As a producer, financier and distributor, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ recently expanded into talent management, working with a global roster of filmmakers. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian. The company’s titles include The Raid franchise, 2017 Sundance winner I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore, and Panos Cosmatos' psychedelic revenge thriller Mandy.
XYZ’s recent productions include Stowaway, Joe Penna’s sci-fi thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette, Dual, Riley Stearns’ sci-fi film starring Karen Gillan and Aaron Paul, and Prisoners of the Ghostland, Sion Sono's action film starring Nicolas Cage, which premiered at Sundance 2021.
About Severn Screen:
Severn Screen is a UK-based production company. Recent credits include BritBox drama The Pembrokeshire Murders starring Luke Evans, Apostle starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen, and BBC crime drama Hidden. Company director Ed Talfan also produced the critically-acclaimed fifth episode of Gangs of London for Sky Atlantic/AMC. In 2020 Severn Screen was selected to receive a BFI Vision Award.