Fresh from five long years of slow brewing and nurturing, screen writer and filmmaker Ben Ramsey (Blood And Bone, Black Salt) is proudly signaling the remainder of 2019 with some passionately-made new sci-fi lore with upcoming series pilot, Interface. Ramsey won’t be at Cannes to introduce his latest labor of love, birthed and created with writer, stunt professional Arnold Chon, but will defintiely be looking to shop his latest product in the market scene in due time.
In the future the ultimate gaming console is the human mind. When the games begin to kill the players in real life, one cop must go undercover into the virtual world of gaming to bring these deadly mind- hackers down for good.
I don’t use the term “labor of love” loosely here either. Chon, who birthed the original concept, sold his condo in an effort to finance the project on top of him and Ramsey both selling their cars at one point, in addition to cashing in all their cryptocurrency to keep the engine running on Interface. Ramsey also shot much of the project on green screen in his own living room, and worked all the necessary VFX with co-producer Jess Bryden while Daniel Zirilli (Invincible) came on board as exec producer last August.
Ramsey confirmed all these to me on Wednesday morning when I reached out about Interface, which he described as the most difficult project he’s ever done; I’d say five years in and selling your belongings in order grow your creative investment ought to do the trick, so here’s to hoping TV viewers at home can jack into the Interface with further development and hopeful acquisition news pending. The greenscreen can be a nitpick for some but it definitely adds a certain throwback appeal for folks keen on independent sci-fi with a nostalgic feel of sorts.
The current pilot for Interface stars Chris Jai Alex (MFKZ, upcoming Dhaka), Black Salt star Kinyumba Mutakabbir, and Jay Giannone, with Sophie Norman, Tony Cavalero, Mary Christina Brown (Blood And Bone, Vigilante Diaries, AWOL 72) Michelle Lee (Venom, Mortal Kombat Legacy, Venom) and Michael O’Hearn.