As with the rest of hard core Richard Armitage Fans, discussions on the IMdB Richard Armitage Board are focusing on the tidbits of news available for the tornado film. This poster, whose name I left off unless she gives permission to post it, has some answers and links to some of the questions raised in the comments on my post here. This supplements some of the information provided by MorrighansMuse in the comment section. [ETA] Velvetinna on the IMdB Board is indeed, our very own MorrighansMuse – and didn’t it sounds like it?]
Additional shooting a beginning and ending for a movie means the script from the get go was lacking. I was the one who mentioned that part about him not being the lead when I first saw the cast listing of the movie sometime last year (just when I discovered RA) he was not in the lead at all. This is the Hollywood Reporter article about the movie:
The film, when it was called Category Six is described by its original screenwriter John Swetnam, in this interview [http://screenrant.com/popular-found-footage-movies-robf-154762/] as:
“A first-person POV through video cameras and cell phones to tell the story of high school students who try to survive the worst tornado in U.S. history.”
Note the word “high school students” – that’s what struck me then and still resonates now, even when all cast listing of late has put him in the lead. They are filming additional films with RA in it because his star has risen and screenings have shown that the film is lacking something.
More from the original screenwriter about the movie (I have to differentiate between Swetnam and Simon Beaufoy who rewrote the script – Beaufoy wrote “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and “Slumdog Millionaire”):
“And with Category 6, I wanted to play with the “rules” even more and we created this epic natural disaster movie that will be filmed in a way that’s never been done before. And my new script is taking it even farther into a whole new style and story. So for me, as a storyteller, this stuff is fun and exciting. And to be honest, I have no idea if any of it’s gonna connect with the audience, or if I’m just some idiot who’s writing a bunch of crap, but at least for now, I’m gonna continue to play with my new toy and smile the whole time, thankful that I even got the opportunity.”
I hope this movie does well for RA’s career in Hollywood.