The third feature-length project from Reid Brody and Bill Ryan’s 2DS Productions has wrapped two weeks of local filming and has begun postproduction at Filmworkers Club and its affiliate Vitamin and at Treehouse, a new Dallas editorial company.
The indie comedy, Johnson, directed by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) from a screenplay by Jeff Tetreault (Trigger Happy Hands), is about a charismatic young Lothario, Rich Johnson, who wakes up one morning to find his life grotesquely transformed. His penis has left his body and metamorphosed into his ill-mannered, testosterone-inflamed alter ego.
It stars Twilight actor Cam Gigandet as Johnson and comedian Nick Thune (The Tonight Show) as Rich’s penis. Co-starring are Chicago actress Katherine Cunningham (Chicago Fire) and Second City’s Kevin Miller.
Editor is Peter Tarter, whose Treehouse is adjacent to Filmworkers’ Dallas facility. Vitamin will design titles and Filmworkers will handle visual effects and finishing.
Previous 2DS productions were the 2011 feature length doc, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy, and the 2008 dramedy, Nothing Like the Holidays starring Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Pena and Chicago native Freddy Rodriquez.
Johnson is a co-production of 2DS Productions and Roman’s Empire. 2DS is headed by Filmworkers president Reid Brody and Bill Ryan (Miracle on 34th Street, Dennis the Menace). Danny Roman, previously with Scott Rudin Productions, Mace Neufeld Productions and Industry Entertainment, heads Roman’s Empire.