Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cool Compact Crime Noir

PLANET GRIFFIN returns to broadcast depth with new pirate material for 2010! THE BANNEN WAY, a new webisode series by Mark Gantt and Jesse Warren, is making the rounds as one of the hottest indie series never to hit broadcast television! This slick neo-crime noir stars co-creator Gantt as Neal Bannen, a casanova con-artist and thief, who's plans to escape the crime time are overshadowed by an underworld who wishes to keep him in primetime! Caught between a crimeboss uncle (played by the smooth Robert Forrester) a detective father (the legendary Michael Ironside), squeezed into robbing a jewish gangster known as The Mensch (Michael Lerner) while, at the same time, avoiding a latin loan shark, a trio of female assassin's (probably the closest we'll come to a live action Danger Girl), and a hot-to-death grifter (Las Vegas' star Vanessa Marcil) who aids Bannen for reasons we're not yet privy to...

... Needless to say, whether Bannen makes it out alive or not, we're definitely gonna have fun finding out! The overall look of the show is a standout among web series shows (shot on the new RED digital camera- see movies like Jumper or District 9 to get an idea), drawing in heavyweight sponsors like Apple, Jaguar, and Ray-Ban. Sony, who recently purchased the series concept last year, highly supports the idea of having the hottest, uber-low budgeted film since Robert Rodriguez shot El Mariachi (not to mention the steady increase in their subsidiary website, CRACKLE)!

Here at PLANET GRIFFIN, the idea of 'Compact Crime Noir' is definitely the future of non-broadcast television... It's the bulk of overly expensive commercial television that's the real crime. But what do I know?! Judge it for yourself...



1 comment:

Mdoubble said...

I gave this a look and good thing Burn Notice is not airing at the moment. I think it's cool for what it is but it's lifting way too much of it's style from Burn Notice. I do dig the compact format though.

The plot to the intro episode reminds me of my story's first incarnation but I feel I've deviated from this formulaic premise to a better direction... I guess we'll see!