Margate House Films, an internationally recognized production company, was founded in 2007 by Rob Allyn, and has enjoyed great success in the Southeast Asian and Australian markets. A recipient of several international film festival awards, Margate House has successfully produced films, television programs, and over 100 television ads for Asian markets.
Margate House is officially entering the American market with the release of their new film, “Java Heat,” featuring esteemed Hollywood actors Mickey Rourke and Kellan Lutz. “Java Heat” is the story of an American man (Lutz) who, enraged by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, journeys to Southeast Asia to fight Islamic terrorists. After a series of events and encounters, he becomes determined to capture a jewel thief (Rourke), leading him to team up with a mysterious Muslim cop.
Winstead has represented Margate House throughout the entire process of developing this feature film. Our attorneys helped with the formation of the production company, the raising of the money required to finance the film, and the review of the production crew and talent contracts.
Margate House and Winstead are thrilled that the film project has attracted such strong actors opposite each other in yet another film (the two were recently rivaled against each other in the film, “Immortals”). Both Rourke and Lutz have a strong following in international film. Lutz is best known for his blood-sucking tendencies in the “Twilight” saga, and Rourke was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008 for his performance in “The Wrestler,” among various other roles.
With legal support from Winstead attorneys Mark Johnson, Amy Lott, and Julie Sassenrath, Margate House has been able to turn a small, low-budget independent film into a larger, studio-action film. “Java Heat” will compete in the market with a $21.5 million stated budget, but have the quality and feel of a $100 million Hollywood studio action film.
The film’s production crew wrapped up shooting this past November. “Java Heat” has truly been put together not only with the blood, sweat, and tears of Margate House, and all others invested in the process, but also with the wholehearted support of the Allyn family, as Margate founder Rob Allyn is the lead producer, while his son Conor hails as director and co-writer.
Winstead’s guidance in making this film a reality has ensured confidence within all parties involved in the creation of “Java Heat,” and has been critical to the success of the film. Winstead is proud to be an integral part of this venture, and Margate House is pleased with the ease at which Winstead has been able to assist. The film is set to premiere in theatres in 2013.