Post Gazette – Green Tree native Zachary Quinto executive produces the upcoming shot-in-Pittsburgh docuseries “The Chair,” about competing directors making two movies from one script, but he’s not giving up his day job as an actor.
Still, his production company, Before the Door, founded with fellow Carnegie Mellon University grads Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa, has ramped up its work with the move into TV with “The Chair” and with an increasing number of film projects.
Mr. Quinto said his relationships with actors and agents help him as a producer.
“People are probably more likely to take my call than other people. I can bring my personal relationships to bear when putting projects together,” he said. “We joke that Neal is the brain, Corey is the heart and I am the face of the company. It’s sort of half-joking but half-true because I think my visibility is one of my strengths as a producer.”
Mr. Quinto would like to direct, too, although he hasn’t landed on a passion project yet. For now his focus remains on acting and producing, including a return to “Star Trek” but maybe not a return to his career-making role as Sylar in NBC’s “Heroes Reborn” event series coming in 2015 or 2016.
Last week Zach did a Tweet Out on Geek Nation to promote The Chair. He answered some Twitter questions including what inspires him, if we’ll see him in any upcoming episodes of “American Horror Story,” questions about his new docuseries “The Chair,” whether he’d return for “Heroes Reborn,” and many more!
You can watch the video in our archive, and screencaptures added to the gallery. Enjoy!
San Diego Comic-Con is about to start, and Zachary Quinto will be there to promote ‘The Chair‘.
As you can see, we have a new layout up here at Zach Quinto Network. It was made by the very talented Ray and it features the beautiful photoshoot Zach did last year to Mr.Porter. I’m still giving the last touches on it, so if you see anything wrong please, let us know. The gallery has a matching theme, and the video archive will be up soon.
Variety – Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will be joining James Franco in the drama “Michael,” about an anti-gay pastor who was once gay himself, Variety has learned.
Quinto will play the former boyfriend of Franco’s character. Roberts is set to reteam with her “Palo Alto” co-star as his girlfriend. Chris Zylka (“The Leftovers”) is also attached to the film as another past love interest.
The script for “Michael” is based on “My Ex-Gay Friend,” a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (author of “Travels with Casey”) about Michael Glatze, a Christian minister from Wyoming who was so entrenched in gay culture before he rejected his homosexuality, he founded a gay youth magazine. Justin Kelly will direct. Gus van Sant is the executive producer, along with producers Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer and Scott Reed.
“This isn’t just a story about an ‘ex-gay,’” Kelly said. “It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong.”
Added Denizet-Lewis: “I’m excited that everyone involved in this project is intent on telling a story that captures the full breadth of Michael’s unusual life, from the inspiring gay leader I knew when I was young to the Christian pastor he is today.”
Collider published an interview done last July 11 during the TCA, when Zach was promoting The Chair. On this interview, he talked a bit about Hitman: Agent 47 due out in theaters on February 27, 2015.
Collider: What was it like to shoot in Berlin for Agent 47?
ZACHARY QUINTO: I love Berlin. Berlin is one of my favorite cities. I had a great time living in that city. I’ve been there many times. I’ve probably been to Berlin 10 times. One of my really good friends from college moved there in 2002. It’s really great, and it’s thriving and growing and building. I feel really grateful that I got to work there for that amount of time. I felt really inspired by being there, for sure. There’s a lot of great museums. I would spend my downtime exploring the city and looking at different architecture in the neighborhoods. I love it there.
The Hitman video game is known for its great action sequences. What will this film add to the action genre?
QUINTO: There’s a style to the movie. Óttar Guðnason, who is our D.P., and Aleksander Bach, our director, were able to do some amazing cinematographic work. The cinematography in the film is enormously impressive. There’s a patina to it that is really cool. I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t know how it will come together, or the degree to which it will succeed visually. But from what I saw on set, in the monitors, and the sequence that they put together as a teaser while we were making the movie, I was pretty blown away, especially knowing what the budget it. I think they did some remarkable work. Hopefully, there is an element of character to it, as well. With Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann and myself, there are some really cool actors involved. I’m excited to see what happens with it, for sure.
As a fan of Homeland, have you put in your bid with Rupert Friend to come do the show?
QUINTO: I would love to be on that show. Although, I don’t know if I could do it. They’re in Cape Town now, working down in South Africa, and I’m a homebody. I’m grateful that I was able to work in L.A. for a number of years, and now in New York. So, we’ll see.
This is the trailer for Passage to Mars, a Jules Verne Adventures production, directed by Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and narrated by Zachary Quinto.
The First Human Voyage To The Red Planet Has Already Begun. An Epic Expedition to the Arctic with NASA and the Mars Institute becomes a passage to another world and the first steps to Mars…
An experimental Humvee Rover, built by the Mars Institute and NASA, attempts a dangerous Northwest Passage drive. The goal: to plan future Martian explorations so our astronauts may safely maneuver the Red Planet. Devon Island in the High Canadian Arctic is a mysterious place where that first trip to Mars is being modeled. It’s a place called “Mars On Earth”.
Zach attended today the Summer TCA to talk about ‘The Chair’ the new Starz series he’s executive producer.
“I had a certain level of skepticism about involving myself in a documentary series. But I think the thing that I recognized is that this show was made with a certain level of creative integrity and that it truly is about documentation rather than manipulation,” Quinto said of the series, which premieres Sept. 6. “I think Anna and Shane would attest to that as the filmmakers. We stayed out of the way we captured stuff and we tell the story of the show based on what actually happened rather than trying to make things happen.”
“The Chair,” created by “Project Greenlight” alum Chris Moore, chronicles the efforts of Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci to make their films on a relatively paltry budget of $950,000, only $600,000 of which was available as discretionary budget to the directors. The winner will be determined by viewers via a multiplatform voting process.
Zach also talked about returning to Heroes:
“I’ve been in touch with Tim [Kring, creator] and he told me they were doing this and we left the door open for me to be involved, the trouble is really my availability,” Quinto said. “I don’t know that it would really even be possible. And it’s a challenge for me because that experience and role and opportunity really changed my life completely and sent me on a path that I might not have otherwise have been on, but at the same time I’m very interested in forward momentum, I’m very interested in expanding and defying people’s expectations of me.”
“I don’t know that going back to such a definitely iconic character would necessarily do that,” Quinto continued. “So it’s a larger question that I haven’t had to answer because no one’s actually given me an offer. We’ll see. I’m glad they’re doing it and I know that whether or not I’m involved that the fans will enjoy it.”
Sources: IGN and The Wrap.