Director Joshua Coates signs Mark Lipsky as a producer on ‘So Enticing’ film

Director, producer and screen play writer Joshua Coates of 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group out of Los Angeles has locked in billion dollar grossing film producer Mark Lipsky for the upcoming film So Enticing, to be shot on location in Jamaica later this year.

Lipsky, known worldwide for his role as executive producer for big screen hits Coming to America (1987), Another 48 Hrs (1990), Boomerang (1992), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and The Nutty Professor (1996) – along with other notable works; also produced flicks such as Harlem Nights (1989) and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) – among others. He was also executive producer on 15 episodes from the original Arsenio Hall Show (1989). In fact, his motion picture exploits have grossed approximately US$1.5 billion at the worldwide box office level alone.

While taking on other producer roles in recent years, Mark Lipsky was also consulting producer on Iniquity (2012), directed and written by Joshua Coates. This was where the two developed a synergy which nurtured a great friendship and working relationship. Lipsky has also been instrumental in securing funding for Coates soon to be released film For Thine is the Kingdom.

“I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with Mark a third time around. He has several motion pictures already in development but he has agreed to take on this additional project because he shares my vision and my passion and sincere love for Jamaica. We are focused on producing one of the best films Jamaica has seen,” shares Coates.

Lipsky, who is currently president of WOF Films based in New York, also managed the careers of Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Arsenio Hall, Dan Aykroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and managed the affairs of Saturday Night Live television show owner Loren Michael. He was also the head of Eddie Murphy Productions for over a decade.

Mark Lipsky’s connection to Jamaica goes as far back as 1993 when he assisted with the production of a musical collaboration between Shabba Ranks and Eddie Murphy titled “I Was a King”.

Excited about giving back to the Jamaican economy, the director/producer; guided by JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency; is working with a 90 percent Jamaican cast and crew for the US$1.5 million budget film. Coates has also partnered with Jamaica’s Sharon Burke of Solid Agency to help produce the picture. Burke has already assisted with casting for the film – as Coates adds to the growing list of producers.

Of the many notable celebrities in talks with the producers, Coates is excited about the main character “Peaches”.

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Mark Lipsky (l), president of WOF Films and Joshua Coates (r), director, writer, producer with young aspiring actress Brooklynn Evans after a table read for Coates’ motion picture “For Thine is the Kingdom” in 2015 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“We are pretty much just ironing out the details with dancehall star Shenseea for the leading role. I truly believe that young lady, along with some other very talented Jamaicans I have come across, will deliver beyond the box office standard and provide a true representation of Jamaica’s rich heritage and culture,” shares Coates. “What’s ironic is how much Brooklynn Evans [who will play young Peaches] looks like Shenseea. Brooklyn is actually one of the first cast members I signed.”

 

According to Coates “We are in the process of wrapping up funding and casting and expect to shoot over two months during the third quarter of 2018 and hit the box office some time in 2019.”

Jamaica’s Film Commissioner Renee Robinson says that JAMPRO is happy to facilitate the project and provide the agency’s usual assistance to produce the film. She believes the feature is a great opportunity for Jamaican talent, and that JAMPRO is looking forward to working with Coates and Lipsky to complete the movie for release in 2019.

The movie So Enticing is an adaptation of a sultry murder mystery written by Jamaican author Coil Don Rose. Coates’ highly anticipated February 2018 release of his movie But Deliver Us from Evil is expected to be a success benchmark for So Enticing.

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Local Casting Call in the Wings for “So Enticing” Movie

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A December 2017 casting call is in the wings for the upcoming local production of the movie So Enticing. Gothic Entertainment Group and 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group, producers of the film, intend to enhance Brand Jamaica by showcasing the island’s talent, culture, sites and attractions.

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Joshua Coates

Director Joshua Coates says “The cast and crew will be 90 percent Jamaican. We will be shooting scenes all across the island and we are looking for talented Jamaicans to complement a brilliant script.”

Coates goes further to share “When the film is complete, we plan to have an exclusive red carpet event only in Jamaica. Our desire is for Jamaicans to participate in the celebration of the film before it hits the United States.”

The production’s first casting call in December will require professional headshots from interested females ages 15 through 24.

“In December we’ll be looking for females with a background in acting or modelling. We only have roles for four to five male characters, but these we plan to recruit at a later date,” shares Coates.

The producers intend to complete casting as early as January 2018 and commence production thereafter. Dates, venues and other details surrounding casting calls will be provided through local media outlets and via social media in the coming weeks.

Already in talks with several big name actors from the US for the leading roles, Coates is tight lipped about other exciting details surrounding the flick.

So Enticing is based on Jamaican author Colin Don Rose’s first novel released in 2015. It is an original sultry murder mystery set in the US in the early nineties. Earlier this year, the book was re-written into a screen play by Rose for the Jamaican film adaptation.

The author, excited to showcase the visuals of his literary works, believes the film is another opportunity to promote Jamaican music.

“We hope to have a few cameos by popular Jamaican artistes in the movie. Just as well, we are currently putting together the soundtrack. So we are looking for music beds and songs that will enhance an already awesome product,” explains Rose.

With several other manuscripts in waiting, Colin Don Rose has positioned himself to become a major stakeholder in the local film industry. Plans are already in place to produce a sequel to the movie So Enticing.

So Enticing, the book, is available on Amazon and in Kingston Bookshops across the island.

Jamaican author lands movie deal for first novel

“I read it on my way home on the plane and was captivated by the storyline; mainly the murder mystery component. I feel the book is one of a kind, a page turner. The characters all have a life of their own,” says Coates.

Jamaican author Colin Don Rose has landed a movie deal with Producer, Director and Writer Joshua Coates from the United States of America (USA) for his first novel ‘So Enticing’.

Originally published and released in 2015, ‘So Enticing’ is an original sultry murder mystery set in the US in the early nineties.

The book, given to Coates as a gift while visiting Jamaica, captivated the acclaimed Director.

“I read it on my way home on the plane and was captivated by the storyline; mainly the murder mystery component. I feel the book is one of a kind, a page turner. The characters all have a life of their own,” says Coates.

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Colin Don Rose

Colin Don Rose moved to the Bronx, New York, USA from his St Elizabeth hometown in Jamaica in 1981. As a teenager, Rose worked in a local movie theatre assisting in the concession stand and the ticket booth. He discovered his passion for drama and film during this phase of his life; often times sneaking into the back of the cinema to watch a variety of films. However, the passion for writing came much later for Rose.

His stint at John Roberts Power School Systems for acting; and six years spent between the US army and the National Guard; armed him with the necessary material to infuse the world of artillery and politics with lust and mystery for his first novel.

Surprising to many, Rose documented ‘So Enticing’ from the perspective of a young African-American woman named Peaches who escapes poverty, falls prey to love and is marinated by her own independence. The fiction novel divulges how Peaches utilizes her brain and beauty to establish an escort service. From her initial success, she continues to climb the entrepreneurial ladder, tempting fate and living on the very edge of respectability. However, her friends and associates are being murdered and she does not know who is committing the murders or why.

“Currently the book is being written into a screen play. We have approached several well known actors and producers to be part of the film. We are finalizing the funding component as well as planning to fast track the production of the film in early 2018,” shares Coates.

With as much as nine other manuscripts in queue, Colin Don Rose is only skimming the film industry with his first novel. Plans are already in place to produce a sequel to ‘So Enticing’.

According to Coates “The majority of the cast will be from the island [Jamaica]. It’s my way of giving back and giving a platform to those seeking an opportunity to showcase their talent. When the film is complete, we plan to have an exclusive red carpet event only in Jamaica at the Carib 5 cinema. Our desire is for Jamaicans to participate in the celebration of the film before it hits the United States.”

“We plan to complete casting as early as January 2018. The goal is to go into production early 2018 and release the film late 2018 or early 2019,” explains Coates.

Joshua Coates has directed and written numerous films. He is known for his role as Executive Producer for the movies Iniquity (2012) and Jenae So in Love (2008). His most recent film ‘But Deliver Us from Evil’, to be released later in 2017, has already received more than seven stars on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) since its April 2017 premiere.

‘So Enticing’ is being produced by Coates’ 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group and Rose’s Gothic Entertainment Group.