How Shooting A TV Pilot Led To 6 Episodes by Rhys Thomas of COMRADE DETECTIVE

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Film Courage:  How did you meet your collaborators [on COMRADE DETECTIVE] Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka?  

Rhys Thomas:  It was through this project [COMRADE DETECTIVE].  I met with John Hodges at A24 and he mentioned in the meeting this weird idea these guys had come up with.  I thought it sounded intriguing and I think I’d just done Season 1 of DOCUMENTARY NOW.

It was in a similar vein, it felt similarly, sort of like an exploration of a film genre and also the fact that it was a foreign set was really appealing to me.  So I was interested and I told them I was a fan.  At the time I was at SNL and doing DOCUMENTARY NOW and I was like “It sounds great, but I don’t think I can do it, but yeah, good luck.”  And about six months later they called me up and said “We still haven’t done it and it looks like we might be moving ahead, would you like to read the script and maybe come in and talk about?”

I got the first episode draft and read it.  You know, it’s funny because there are elements that are quite different from what it is…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Rhys Thomas (Left) and Brian Gatewood (Right) – Watch the video interview on Youtube here


Synopsis: In the 1980s, millions of Romanians tuned in to Comrade Detective, a gritty and sleek buddy cop show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. It has now been digitally remastered and dubbed into English for the first time by a cast featuring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt.


Director and Co-Executive Producer:  Rhys Thomas

Creators: Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka

Stars: Channing Tatum, Florin Piersic Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many more








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