Reelworks Studios Releases Multi-Generational Inspirational Story The Ultimate Life In Theaters September 6, 2013

Peter Fonda, Logan Bartholemew, Drew Waters and David Mann Join Original Cast Members in Combination Sequel and Prequel to The Ultimate Gift

LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Reelworks Studios CEO Rick Eldridge announced that principal photography has wrapped on THE ULTIMATE LIFE. Golden Globe winner Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold), Logan Bartholomew (Love's Enduring Promise) and David Mann (Meet the Browns) join original cast members Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Alli Hillis in this sequel based on the best-selling books by Jim Stovall.


Michael Landon, Jr. (Saving Sarah Cain, Love Comes Softly), directed the shoot in and around the Winston-Salem, NC area. The film was produced by Executive Producer Rick Eldridge (The Ultimate Gift, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius) and Producer David Kappes (Jaws 3-D). The screenplay was developed by Brian Bird ("Touched By An Angel"), Cheryl McKay (The Ultimate Gift), with Lisa G. Shillingburg.

THE ULTIMATE LIFE will be distributed nationally in theaters on September 6th, 2013. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment secured home entertainment distribution rights and has sold 2 million units of the first film The Ultimate Gift.

According to Executive Producer Rick Eldridge, "THE ULTIMATE LIFE is an emotional, endearing family film and an instant classic that will be embraced by audiences who loved the first film, while attracting new viewers to the story. There is huge multi-generational appeal since the film is both a sequel and a prequel."

Multiple generations of talent combine to tell the story of Red from a young boy in the 1940s through an older man over the years, including stand-out Drew Waters (Friday Night Lights) who plays young adult Red. Waters credits director Landon with creating a special dynamic on-set. "My approach to acting is to wrap an emotional and physical structure around my character that I can relate to...Michael is a director who helps that happen and as a result captures unique, emotional and authentic performances."

Building on the successful 2007 theatrical release The Ultimate Gift in which Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew) inherits a two billion dollar trust from his grandfather, Red (James Garner), THE ULTIMATE LIFE begins three years after Jason receives the gift. We discover the ensuing years have been challenging for Jason and his girlfriend Alexia. When his extended family files suit against him, Jason is left reeling until his lawyer and confidant Hamilton shares Red's journal with Jason. Reading the journal takes Jason (and moviegoers) back into Red's younger days where he meets lifelong friends and discovers the origins of the gifts that would mark Red's life. Spanning across generations and time, the question now is: Is it too late for those lessons to help Jason?

Future press information will be issued jointly by the filmmakers and distributor announcing plans for the theatrical opening.

About Reelworks Studios--Reelworks Studios, LLC was founded in August 2009 by entertainment entreprenuers Rick Eldridge and Christopher Cates with the objective of producing media with a message that entertains, educates and edifies. Rick Eldridge has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years as a producer, director, musician, and creative visionary. Mr. Cates brings an equal amount of tenure in the industry as a producer and production and post production manager for both television and film. Collectively, Mr. Eldridge and Mr. Cates have lent their expertise to projects for notable media companies including Universal, Disney, Fox, MGM, Discovery, BET, PBS, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, and ESPN. While Mr. Eldridge and Cates both have long and varied credits, recent collaborations between them have yielded projects such as Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, The Ultimate Gift, Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends, etc. Reelworks also manages post production and sound stages in Charlotte and handles production services for the Hallmark TV movie Shuffleton Barbershop and providing stages and production facilities for FOX TV pilot "Sleepy Hollow".

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