JEAN – In more than 60 years, cities around the world will be wiped out after religious terrorists nearly destroyed the world.
The United Nations, however, enacts a plan to save humanity: a no-holds-barred martial arts tournament.
Well, at least that’s the plot of the latest film to be shot in Southern Nevada – and this time, instead of sending film crews to the Strip, the post-apocalyptic production will take place at a resort. closed away from the glitzy Las Vegas. casinos.
The producers of “The Battle of Absolute Dominion” filed plans with the State of Nevada to film at the closed hotel-casino Terrible’s in Jean, a desert outpost about 25 miles south of the Strip whose only residents are inmates.
The Nevada Film Office, part of the governor’s Office for Economic Development, is set to discuss the producers’ request for more than $1.8 million in tax incentives at a hearing on Friday.
According to the app, the film has already secured distribution through Netflix.
For the most part, films shot in Southern Nevada attempt to capture the Strip or, at times, Fremont Street in all their glory. But the makers also shot scenes in the desert outside of Las Vegas, and Jean’s film marks a colorful, near-final chapter for an isolated hotel that’s been shuttered since the pandemic hit and slated for demolition to free up from space for a new industrial park.
“Not a Marvel ‘Spiderman’ Movie”
Nevada Film Bureau Director Eric Preiss said he understands the majority of filming for the film will take place at the hotel site near Interstate 15 on State Route 161.
Produced by Jason Blum and directed by Lexi Alexander, the film will have 710 employees. That includes 628 Nevadans, including 503 extras who live here, according to his tax incentive application, which says the film will be shot at 1 Main St. in Jean, the address of the shuttered hotel-casino.
The total budget is nearly $12.8 million, according to the app’s financial statements.
“It’s not a Marvel ‘Spiderman’ movie,” Preiss said.
Blum, founder and CEO of production company Blumhouse, has created a cottage industry of low-budget horror movies, including the “Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” and “Insidious” franchises.
He also received top Oscar nominations for producing ‘Whiplash’, ‘Get Out’ and ‘BlacKkKlansman’.
Blumhouse declined to comment for this story, as he has not officially announced the project.
Netflix did not respond to a request for comment.
Reno-based Tolles Development Co. acquired the hotel property in February as part of a $44.7 million 142-acre purchase from Jean. Clark County commissioners approved his plans for a 1.9 million square foot warehouse and distribution complex.
Tolles partner Cory Hunt said last month that the company hopes to break through in about a year to a year and a half; that it would take three to five years to build the business park; and that the hotel site would constitute the last phase of the complex.
Hunt said Tuesday that the company had “no comment at this time” on the film.
“Young Atheist Fighters”
As described in the tax incentive request, “The Battle for Absolute Dominion” is set in the year 2085. Desperate to save humanity, the UN votes to set up the martial arts tournament, an “abstract idea suggested by a popular Internet comedian”.
All “eligible belief systems” will send a representative to compete, and the last fighter standing wins, says a film synopsis attached to the packet.
A date is set 20 years from now to give “enough time for international lawyers” to draw up rules and regulations for the tournament, but complications arise “when a story is leaked that talented young atheist fighters have begun to hear the voice of God,” the summary says.
Pre-production runs from March 14 to April 17, with production scheduled for April 18 to May 24, depending on demand, which says 100% of the production will be shot in Nevada.
hollywood in the desert
The casino-lined, tourist-packed thoroughfares of Las Vegas are popular locations for filming. It’s hard to imagine movies like “The Hangover”, “Casino” or “Ocean’s 11” and “Ocean’s Eleven” being shot elsewhere.
Closer to the California border, Jean has an array of government services and operations, including a small airport, courthouse, fire station and post office, as well as a 96-mile gas station. pumps on one side of the highway and a truck stop on the other.
Its only residents are the prisoners of the Jean Conservation Camp, a public facility that houses 240 inmates.
Still, the city, if you can call it that, has a surprisingly robust cinematic history.
A nearby dry lake bed served as the remote location where Joe Pesci’s Nicky Santoro faced off against Robert De Niro’s Sam “Ace” Rothstein in “Casino,” where Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow traded “Black Doug” for gold. money in “The Hangover”, and the starting field and finish line of the Mint 400 in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.
The Jean area was also the site of Cousin Eddie’s irradiated home in “Vegas Vacation,” and its airport housed a small-scale model of a World War II town during the filming of “Pearl Harbor.”
Preiss of the state film office said film companies search the United States for buildings that are about to be demolished.
What’s a small damage to a place like Terrible’s if it’s torn down anyway?
In Matt Damon’s 2016 “Jason Bourne,” a SWAT vehicle crashes into the Riviera, which imploded in 2016 to free up space for the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion.
“That was the last thing that ever happened there before they blew it up,” Preiss said.