The reason why we started Us vs. Film was because we love seeing and talking about new and upcoming filmmakers that make something told from the heart and shows audiences something original. Unfortunately the Hollywood industry distributes a lot of the same things over and over again that we’ve seen before when they should be giving talented upcoming filmmakers a chance to show their vision.
A very interesting story has been brought to our attention that everyone should read about. The Punisher is a Marvel comics character that has been adapted three times into unsuccessful and not well received films. Filmmaker Mike Pecci has made a short fan film that he wanted fans of the Punisher to see in a whole new light that hasn’t been seen before. Fan films based on comic characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, and even The Punisher have been posted online in previous years without any complaints from studios or comic creators. Mike’s vision of the character, however, cannot be shown to us. Read the press release for his Punisher fan film, “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted” and read his fascinating article on why we can’t see it here.
Our stories define us. Truly, they do. They tell where we’ve been, the things we’ve seen, done, and sometimes, for better or worse, the paths that lie ahead.
But some stories were made to be re-written. The beauty of stories and the characters that bring them to life is just that – LIFE. Within every story exists a spark of untamed, wild creation; a seed that, at any moment, has the potential to launch a story of its own. All it takes is a vision and the drive to grow that seed.
Enter Mike Pecci.
Co-owner of McFarland and Pecci Productions, Mike is well known for his photography, documentaries, music videos and independent films. But, just like any story, Mike’s spark also had a beginning, and that beginning was birthed through inspiration – comic books.
Inspiration took hold in the form of Frank Castle. So Mike grabbed that inspiration by the balls and ran with it; the monster that reared its threatening head was one of a caliber so high and quality so compelling that the only choice that the powers that be had was to suppress it:
“While we appreciate your affection for the character, we must demand that you immediately stop your unauthorized use, advertising, sale and/or distribution of any production of The Punisher or any other Marvel character-based films therefor, and any other use of the images, likenesses, artwork or other intellectual property owned by Marvel. “
The Dead Can’t Be Distracted, Mike Pecci’s re-telling of the ultimate tale of love, loss and revenge, has raised some serious hell.
Let him tell you why.
Read about it here: http://mikepecci.com/tdcbd01/
Unfortunately the teaser is no longer available, but hopefully someday this video will be switched from this copyright message to the original footage of “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted.”
Stay updated with Mike Pecci and “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted” below…