EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Releasing has acquired North American rights to Dwight Little’s true-crime thriller Last Rampage, which stars Robert Patrick, Heather Graham and Bruce Davison. Epic is releasing the film wide on September 22.
Patrick is one of those actors who, like Gary Oldman, completely immerses himself into a role, no matter its size. In Last Rampage, he has a tour-de-force turn on the big screen in a true story portraying psychopath Gary Tison. One of these days, the Academy voters will perk up to just how good Patrick really is.
In summer 1978, convicted murderer Tison escaped with cellmate Randy Greenawalt from the Arizona State Prison in Florence and, with the aid of Tison’s three teenage sons, they tore through the western desert on their way to Mexico. Because Tison was a scorpion, he left a trail of carnage. In the film, while law enforcement (Davison) hunt him down, his wife (Graham) defends her family in the press.
The script was penned by Álvaro Rodríguez (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and was adapted from James W. Clarke’s book Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison, which was re-released earlier this year.
Epic is organizing special event screenings across the nation in association with the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club (Patrick is the president of Chapter 101). The Boozefighters MC is a nonprofit organization that helps raise money for veterans, children and the disadvantaged.
Epic plans also to preview an exclusive sneak peek of the film in June at CrimeCon 2017 in Indianapolis, the first national true-crime convention.
Epic co-founder Shaked Berenson called Patrick’s performance in the film “chilling.” And if you watch the trailer, you’ll understand why he says that.
Patrick, who played one of the best on-screen villains ever as the single-focused killer in the 1991 Terminator 2 Judgement Day, currently stars in the CBS series Scorpion. Incidentally, the James Cameron technological break-through film that also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger has been converted in immersive 3D by Cameron himself and is being re-released in that format on August 25th. Patrick also played a memorable turn as the father to Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash in Walk The Line.
Epic, founded in 2007 by Patrick Ewald and Berenson, previously released the festival and horror fan favorite JeruZalem.