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Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment and Luke Sparke’s Sparke Films have announced that the next feature films in the sci-fi action thriller Occupation: Rainfall franchise, Occupation: Rainfall Chapter 2 and Occupation: Rainfall Chapter 3.
The film stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage) Casper Van Dien (Starship Troppers), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) and Danny Trejo (Machete).
Piven, Van Dien, Helfer, McIntyre and Trejo join the powerful ensemble of returning cast members including the voice of Jason Isaacs, Jet Tranter, Dan Ewing, Zac Garred, Charles Mesure, and Dena Kaplan. Additional casting announcements of both new and returning cast will be announced in the lead-up to filming.
The film is written and directed by Luke Sparke.
“We’re thrilled to be introducing this highly commercially viable, genre-raising film franchise to the marketplace in Cannes and the multi-project distribution deal between Film Mode and Sparke Films to the world at large,” said Epstein. “Luke’s ability to execute large scale productions with stellar casts, gripping storylines and top-of-the-line special effects truly sets Rainfall apart from others.”
“It’s been a genuine thrill to see Occupation Rainfall find its audience as it rolled out around the world,” says Sparke. “Every day, it finds new fans and the feedback from them has been amazingly supportive. I’m so happy that I can bring my vison for the Rainfall Trilogy to the screens very, very soon. They are bigger, better and bombastic but also uniquely grounded in humanity and what it means to be a member of this planet. Filming these stories back-to-back later this year will be a huge challenge but one I’m excited to deep dive into with the amazing cast and crew we are gathering. It’s a celebration of sci/fi!”
Here’s the official synopsis for Occupation: Rainfall Chapter 2:
Survival or extinction. Following the international success of Occupation Rainfall, comes the continuing chapters of the Rainfall trilogy. Earth’s resistance is thrown into chaos as an ominous new threat ruthlessly hunts down the humans that are left, and any aliens who have joined them. With no clear leader and struggling to find common ground, the resistance finds itself on the brink of destruction. Aboard the Mothership, a group of survivors, plan to strike at the heart of the Alien threat – the Rainfall weapon – as the fate of all life hangs in the balance.
Occupation: Rainfall Chapter 2 will enter pre-production immediately following the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Filming will take place in Australia starting in the third quarter of this year. Chapters 2 and 3 are being filmed back-to-back in a custom-built LED volume stage.
Producers are Carly Sparke and Carmel Imrie. Co-producers are Alex Becconsall, Zac Garred, and Liam McIntyre. Executive Producers are Clay Epstein, Geoff Imrie and Luke Sparke.