“I love telling big action stories that are told at a frenetic pace,” says Aussie author Matthew Reilly. “I wanted to bring that kind of rocket-fast, relentless, high-stakes storytelling to film, and so Interceptor was born.” A prolific writer of popular action and adventure novels (including the likes of Scarecrow And The Army of Thieves, Seven Ancient Wonders, and The Tournament), Matthew Reilly is now set to bring his brand of highly commercial, wholly accessible storytelling to the screen via streaming giant Netflix, who are backing the writer to make his directorial debut with Interceptor, the fast-paced tale of a female Army lieutenant who must utilise her years of tactical training and military expertise to save humanity when sixteen nuclear missiles are launched at the US, and a violent coordinated attack simultaneously threatens her remote missile interceptor station.
A major player on the literary scene, Matthew Reilly (who served as an exec producer on the 2019 sci-fi flick, Blue World Order) has surrounded himself with big names for his debut, with producers Matthew Street and Michael Boughen for Ambience Entertainment; and executive producers Chris Hemsworth, Kathy Morgan, Christopher Mapp, Robert Slaviero and Peter D. Graves. Hemsworth’s talented missus, Elsa Pataky (the Fast & Furious franchise), will take on the lead role (“Elsa is just perfect as our lead: a strong, independent and determined woman who, in the face of overwhelming odds, just refuses to give up,” says Reilly), with high profile support coming courtesy of rising talent, Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge, Point Break, Danger Close). Reilly will co-write the script, meanwhile, with director and in-demand screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Tomorrow, When The War Began).
In short, the NSW-shot Interceptor sounds like the kind of big budget action thriller rarely seen in this country. “Bringing entertaining stories to the screen with tremendous international appeal is at the heart of all Ambience Entertainment films,” says producer Matthew Street. “When the opportunity came to work with award winning writers, Matthew Reilly and Stuart Beattie, we knew we had something special on our hands. Interceptor is a fantastic action story with a stellar cast and with the support of Netflix, we’re excited to see an Australian made film travel to audiences across the globe.”
And as Australia continues to become something of a filmmaking capitol while the rest of the world struggles to keep COVID-19 under control, Interceptor will be a further boon to the NSW economy. “Securing Netflix’s Interceptor is further proof that NSW’s screen industry is taking off, boosting our economy and creating jobs as international productions seek out the winning combination of highly skilled cast and crew, technical ability, competitiveness and creativity,” says NSW Minister For The Arts and noted holiday-maker, Don Harwin. “As we put the world on notice that NSW is a global leader in film, it’s fitting that this action-blockbuster will once again showcase NSW’s production, CGI and VFX prowess.”