Wolverine Entertainment Goes After China’s Hollywood Influence
Kickstarter project has backing of Mike Huckabee, Nick Searcy, and Kevin Sorbo
A new crowdfunding effort is taking aim at Hollywood elitists and the growing investments in America’s film industry from China.
Wolverine Entertainment is a Kickstarter project looking to raise the hefty amount of $1.6 million. With the backing of major outspoken conservatives like Mike Huckabee, “Justified” actor Nick Searcy,” and “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo — this group just might be able to pull it off.
For backing Wolverine Entertainment in its quest, contributors can earn everything from T-shirts, to digital downloads of potential movie projects, to lunches with Searcy, Sorbo, or Huckabee. One reward for investment is even a pitch meeting with producers.
In its proposal video, Wolverine Entertainment targets recent major investments from China in Hollywood as an example of the out-of-touch nature of today’s entertainment industry.
“This is an opportunity for you to create an American production company, dedicated to creating content for Americans. The people who came together to form Wolverine Entertainment have a combined 200 years of experience in show business. We have pooled all of our resources, contacts, friendships, favors, blackmail items, and talent to be able to give the backers of this project, to produce, market and distribute a film, the best possible chance of financial success,” reads the project’s Kickstarter page.
In its proposal video, Wolverine Entertainment specifically targets recent major investments from China in Hollywood as an example of the out-of-touch nature of today’s entertainment industry.
Major film projects like “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “Iron Man 3” have created entirely separate cuts of film for Chinese markets. Chinese companies have also become the majority investors in franchises like “The Expendables,” starring Sylvester Stallone.
As Wolverine Entertainment’s video rightly points out, Dalian Wanda Group — a Chinese company owned by the country’s richest man, Wang Jianlin — has bought out production company Legendary (which produces the “Fast and Furious” and “Jurassic World” franchises), Dick Clark Productions (which produces the Golden Globes), and AMC Theaters, one of the biggest movie theater chains in America.
China is a communist country, of course, with limited free speech and an entertainment industry controlled by the government — so many people are concerned. The reason America has long been the No. 1 provider of entertainment in the world is because of our unprecedented freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
"Hollywood is now convinced that it needs China for its success," reads text from Wolverine Entertainment's video. "Hollywood is wrong. China's ownership and influence in the industry has become so monopolistic, that no one can mount a full-frontal assault ... We can only defend against this invasion by using guerrilla tactics ... by fighting like WOLVERINES."
The name is likely lifted from the '80s classic "Red Dawn," written and directed by outspoken conservative filmmaker John Milius. The film follows a group of teens who choose to create a guerrilla force called the Wolverines when America is invaded by Russian forces. A 2012 remake ironically was originally about an invasion from China, but the invading force was changed to North Korea in post-production over concerns from producers that it wasn't marketable at the Chinese box office.
"By the end of 2017, China will become the largest film market in the world, knocking the U.S. out of the top spot for the first time in history," said Wolverine Entertainment in its Kickstarter video. "Yet again, America is exporting one of its largest industries and tens of thousands of good paying (often union) jobs."
"Want to take our film industry back? Here's your chance to sit down with some industry insiders and find out HOW," wrote actor Nick Searcy on Facebook about Wolverine Entertainment.
While crowdfunding the foundation of a movie studio is a lofty goal, Wolverine Entertainment has certainly touched on some serious issues that are facing the culture. As Hollywood products are becoming more global and sanitized, many Americans are being left behind by pop culture and the arts. Setting up a studio to finance projects specifically targeted to those being left behind by Hollywood may be exactly what's needed in today's culture wars.
That's the goal of Wolverine Entertainment — to represent the underrepresented, those the elitists of Hollywood are shunning. After showing an image of the 2016 presidential election results map — where "red" Republican voters cover the good share of America — their Kickstarter video states, "Simply put ... we make movies for the red spaces."
With Hollywood falling behind in that department, somebody's got to do it.