Transformer gets piece of 'Action Star'


Transformer Inc. has scooped up Japanese distribution rights to the spoof "Confessions of an Action Star" from Shoreline Entertainment.

The mock actioner takes a satirical journey through the eyes of a composite character, Frank Sledge, a male stripper-turned-action star. Frank's fictional cronies, who watch his rise to megafame, include cameos by a slew of A-, B- and C-list actors playing themselves. Although Shoreline wouldn't disclose the names of the cameos because of contractual reasons, a trailer of the film available to buyers featured Angelina Jolie, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Eric Roberts.

Transformer acquisition exec Shinichiro Kato said the film — which is described as a homage to the action films of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal and Keanu Reeves — is particularly enticing to the Japanese audiences, known for their thirst for American actioners.

"Action Star" is executive produced by Double Edge Entertainment's Bobby Sheng.

The deal was brokered by Shoreline's Sam Eigen and Brian Sweet.