Trent Haaga, of recent cult film success Deadgirl, announces his directorial debut with the independent thriller Chop! Chop centers on a seemingly innocent young couple, forced by a psychotic stranger to
confront their duplicitous past. It’s a revenge thriller with a comedic edge in the tradition of Fargo and Oldboy. You can get the full skinny beyond the break.
Haaga optioned the script from co-writer Adam Minarovich, and polished it to be his first directing vehicle after working on 40 independent films as a writer, producer and/or actor.
The CHOP script was a hot property in Hollywood, nabbing its co-writer, Minarovich, a top agent within weeks of making the rounds. Haaga received offers from numerous production companies, but secured independent financing after the 2008 Toronto Film Festival premiere of “Deadgirl,” allowing him to retain creative control of the project.
CHOP is being produced by Chad Ferrin and Jeff Hamilton, and stars powerhouse Indian actress Tanishaa Mukherji and newcomer Billy Bakshi.
Haaga has written award winning films including “Deadgirl,” which had a sold out theatrical run in all major markets, was released on DVD by Dark Sky Films, and was subsequently rated over 42 thousand times on Nextflix in its first month of release. Haaga wrote the much-praised script for “Poor Things,” starring Lindsay Lohan and Shirley MacLaine.
Nuclear Mango is the production consultant. Cameras start rolling on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles.