VOLTAGE PICTURES – Company Biography
Founded in 2005, Voltage Pictures is an international sales, finance and production operation created by veteran sales agent and Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier and producer Dean Devlin. Devlin wrote and produced such notable blockbusters as Independence Day, Godzilla, Stargate and The Patriot. Devlin now heads Electric Entertainment, where he continues to produce independent, commercial films and TV shows. In seven years, Voltage has built a library of over 175 films. In March 2010, Voltage produced and financed The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse and Evangeline Lilly. The film was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won 6, which included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing.
In January 2011, Chartier partnered with longtime Hollywood Gang executive Craig Flores to form Voltage Productions, an offshoot of Voltage Pictures aiming to generate films set at studios in the $15M-$40M budget range. Craig Flores previously was the executive producer of 300 and Immortals.
Voltage has since produced a number of films, including Generation Um starring Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic and Adelaide Clemens and The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2012, Voltage produced Killer Joe directed by Billy Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple and Thomas Haden Church.
Voltage has also co-financed or sold international rights for George’s Romero’s Diary of the Dead, The Whistleblower, Fire with Fire, Frozen Ground, Peace Love and Misunderstanding, Hours, Ten Year, The Longest Week, Another Happy Day and Summer at Dog Dave's.
Most recently, Voltage wrapped production on A Many Splintered Thing, directed by Justin Reardon starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Wilson, Topher Grace, Ioan Gruffudd, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza and Philip Baker Hall. The film was produced by McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie’s Angels, This Means War).
At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Voltage premiered The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman directed by Fredrik Bond, starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo, Til Schweiger, James Buckley, Rupert Grint and Vincent D'Onofrio. Voltage also premiered Don Jon's Addiction directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. Relativity acquired distribution rights for Don Jon's Addiction and will release the film theatrically in the summer of 2013.
What's up next: Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Valleé. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a drug taking womanizer who is given thirty days to live after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto and Steve Zahn round out the cast.
At the 2013 European Film Market, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman was screened in competition. In addition, both Don Jon's Addiction and Maladies screened in the prestigious Panorama Program. Voltage also handled sales for various other titles at EFM, such as Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare and Tilda Swinton, Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche and Reasonable Doubt starring Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson.
Voltage’s film library also includes: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Kenner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chace Crawford and Elizabeth Olsen; I, starring Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac and Lynn Collins; Another Happy Day, starring Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Burstyn; Spread, with Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche; George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead & Survival of the Dead; Personal Effects with Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher and Kathy Bates; Bryan Singer & Dean Devlin’s The Triangle; While She Was Out with Kim Basinger; four Steven Seagal movies; The Librarian 2 & 3starring Noah Wyle; and many others starring Wesley Snipes, Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Dominic Purcell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Malkovich, Ray Winstone, Ian McKellen, Mischa Barton, Hillary Duff, Kellan Lutz, Laurence Fishburne, Thomas Jane, Ed Harris, Famke Janssen, James Franco, Jean Reno, Chloe Sevigny, Asia Argento, Sam Neill, Leelee Sobieski, Harvey Keitel, David Bowie, David Strathairn, Amy Smart, Brittany Murphy, Julie Delpy, Ron Perlman, Bill Pullman, Christopher Lloyd, David Arquette, Courtney Cox and many others…
In addition to feature films, Voltage is also involved in financing, producing and selling Televisions projects. Voltage recently completed the third season of True Justice, the one-hour, action TV series produced by Phil Goldfine and starring Steven Segal. Finally, Voltage currently handles international sales for the Qualia-Pandora, Splendid, and Quadra libraries.