Michael Jai White will be in business very soon for Connecticut locals looking to stir the film pot this year as the actor and action star makes way for his independent production label, Jaigantic Studios.
Built as Connecticut’s first mini-major studio, Variety‘s Haley Bosselman reports “Jaigantic will open Studio One in July, which will be operational during construction of the purpose-built studios in New Haven, Conn.” with a slate spanning “film, television and other commercial projects.”
White has been ramping up the company label for several years now with a promising line-up of titles, namely including The Outlaw Johnny Black, a blacksploitation style Western starring White who also directs from a script he wrote with co-star Byron Minns, and is slated to be the first film out of the Jaigantic wheelhouse.
Located at the midway point between New York City and Boston, Jaigantic Studios will serve as an accessible industry hub for students of Yale University’s drama school. The New Haven facility will house several soundstages, production offices, post-production and support facilities and motion capture stages, which will feature 360-degree virtual production volumes. White’s venture aims to solidify New Haven as a primary entertainment market by combining Connecticut’s favorable film and TV tax incentives with the tri-state area’s talent pool, innovative technology and turnkey production facilities.
The report also notes two other projects on Jaigantic’s slate includes a direct sequel to Black Dynamite, Scott Sander’s 2009 over-the-top 70’s throwback action crime comedy about a badass CIA agent whose mission to avenge his brother’s death reveals a gonzo conspiracy involving malt liquor, an island of kung fu mercenaries, and Tricky Dick himself; Initially a crowdfunded effort, the aforementioned The Outlaw Johnny Black has long since wrapped filming, and serves only as a spiritual successor to Black Dynamite.
White will next appear opposite Mickey Rourke in Asif Akbar’s The Commando, in Christian Sesma’s Shout! Factory thriller, Take Back starring Gillian White, and Vertical Entertainment’s Rogue Hostage with Tyrese Gibson.