Since it's well past Midnight for Charles Bronson, why not got with the unlikely, yet totally kick-ass hero Action Bronson?
Rik Cordero, director: The blaxploitation genre has been parodied relentlessly over the decades so it was important for me to not only watch key films (Superfly, Black Ceasar, Bucktown, Hell Up In Harlem, Velvet Smooth) but also to create a narrative script treatment that followed a traditional three act structure. I felt it would make it easier to create an actual movie trailer and we would be able take snippets from those acts to show the progression of the character and make it feel like a legit attempt at a low budget movie rather than just a parody.
What I sent to Action was a very detailed treatment complete with visual references of stills from all of the movies I referenced along with a video collage of those same movie trailers with The Symbol music behind it. I described the synopsis in my treatment as if we were shooting a narrative short film: Action Bronson plays an Albanian cocaine dealer known only as "The Symbol" who must make one last big score before quitting the underworld drug business. As he simultaneously deals with crooked cops, fast women and rival drug dealers he must also turn the tables on the Albanian mafia who betrayed him."
--> watch "The Symbol" (NSFW, mainly for language)
Action Bronson "The Symbol" (Vice)
Rik Cordero, director | Ryan Biazon, producer | Three/21 Media, production co | Clayton Combe, DP