On 11th July 2012, Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed that Richard Armitage had landed a major role in a tornado thriller, with the provisional title Category 6 (a title given by comingsoon.net and other sites). Director Steven Quale, who was second unit director on Avatar and Titanic, directed the movie and it is being produced by New Line Cinema. Shooting began on July 23 in Michigan and finished on September 27, 2012 according to this report on the Oakland Press site.
Synopsis from the publicist:
"In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Black Sky” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme."
Interview with Todd Garner, 1 September 2012
Producer of Black Sky, Todd Garner, gave some fascinating insights into Richard's involvement in the tornado movie in an interview with RAFrenzy. According to Mr Garner, Richard has contributed much more than acting in the lead role:
“He’s an amazing actor but also a terrific writer even though he wouldn’t say that. He has come up with great moments not only for himself and others but for the movie. In fact we just finished shooting a moment he came up with that might be in the trailer.”
Read the whole interview on Frenz's blog.
Fan encounters with Richard 17 Aug 2012 - 28 Aug 2012
Four fans of Richard have been lucky enough to catch up with him on set in Michigan filming Black Sky. You can read ItsJSforMe's account on her blog. Richard was happy to pose for pictures and he and a stunt coordinator on the movie revealed some information about the new tornado film. Scroll down her blog if you wish to leave a message.
- He plays a school teacher
- His character has two sons, one of which is played by Nathan Kress
- His character has an American accent
- The movie is set in Silverton, Oklahoma
The other lady's report (RAlover) are on the AA forum and C19 forum. You will have to register to read the reports.
Another fan encounter with Richard at Oakland University campus in Michigan took place on 21 August. The full account with pictures is on AwkwardCeleb's tumblr site. It's a fun read.
Another fan has met Richard on the set of Black Sky in Michigan. Her full account with pictures is on the RichardArmitageCentral website.
On Set Pictures
RAlover has kindly shared her pictures with this site after meeting Richard on set at Oakland University campus. There are descriptions of the pictures taken by her and by ItsJSforMe in the new candids gallery on the site. Click on a picture to read the description at the bottom. Thanks to both ladies for sharing these pictures with RAnet.
15 May 2013
Todd Garner, producer of Black Sky has posted a picture on twitter from the film, showing someone who looks a lot like Richard. The caption 'back on track' refers to the recent disruption to post-production as a result of FX company Rhythm and Hues' financial difficulties.
09 Feb 2013
Richard has been working on Black Sky again today, according to his co-star Nathan Kress who posted this on twitter.
17 Jan 2013
There is a clip of Nathan Kress on youtube, Richard's co-star in Black Sky, talking about working with Richard.
15 Jan 2013
The producer of Black Sky, Todd Garner, posted this picture on twitter today and this picture of the film's logo.
He then posted another picture, this time showing Richard and Nathan Kress who plays Richard's son in the film. Here is his tweet or click the picture on the left to enlarge.
09 Nov 2012
Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard’s co-star in Black Sky, was recently interviewed by Collider about The Walking Dead and at the end of the interview there is a very brief mention of working with Richard. Warning – lots of spoilers about The Walking Dead.
16 Oct 2012
Richard's full character name in Black Sky is Gary Morris according to producer Todd Garner.
21 Sep 2012
An article in the Detroit Free Press states that filming of Black Sky is due to finish on Thursday 27th September. As yet, there is no information on what is lined up next for Richard apart from additional filming of The Hobbit next year. The online article is no longer available, click the picture to read:
10 Sep 2012
05 Sep 2012
Todd Garner, producer of Black Sky, has posted this picture showing Richard in the centre of the picture and Nathan Kress on the right-hand side. He has since confirmed it is Richard. Not quite the next official photo of Richard that we were hoping for, but it made me laugh at least.
29 Aug 2012
Another 'Black Sky' report from The Oakland Post, but this one has more detail about the location, the equipment used and quotes from the producer Todd Garner.
23 Aug 2012
20 Aug 2012
The untitled tornado movie, originally known as Category 6, has been given the title "Black Sky" according to the film's publicist as reported on nickutopia.com. Todd Garner, the producer of this film, tweeted this news from his twitter account earlier today.
16 Aug 2012
1. Todd Garner, producer of the untitled tornado movie that Richard is currently filming in Michigan, has posted this picture on twitter from the set. Richard is on the left.
Location reports from Oakland Township website 8 Aug - 16 Aug 2012
08 Aug 2012: this report includes pictures showing the equipment outside the school used to create the weather effects for the tornado thriller.
10 Aug 2012: this report has some information about other filming locations soon to be used.
16 Aug 2012: another location report states that a parking lot on Oakland University campus has been transformed into a used car dealership.
13 Jul 2012
A very positive response to Richard’s casting in New Line’s tornado film on Movies.com: “It was also just announced that The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage will also be appearing in the movie — without makeup, of course — lending some credibility to what could be a throwaway project with too much shaky cam. Sure, it still could be, but we like Armitage (aka Thorin Oakenshield) and if there has to be another found footage movie, we’re glad he’s in it.”
Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire and BAFTA-winning screenwriter of The Full Monty, will be rewriting the screenplay of the film, originally called Category 6.
11 Jul 2012
EW.com have exclusively revealed that Richard Armitage has landed a major role in a tornado thriller, possibly known as Category 6 (according to comingsoon.net and other sites). Director Steve Quale, who was second unit director on Avatar and Titanic, is directing the movie produced by New Line Cinema. Shooting begins on July 23 in Detroit.
Black Sky on IMDB
last updated 15 May 2013