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An Interview with Brett Wagner, Co-Writer of KillBilly

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2014

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You've recently written a script called Killbilly - in a few words, what is it about?

 

KillBilly is The Battle of Evil Versus The Lesser of Evils... We wanted to make a movie that dealt with feuds from the civil war time that crossed over into modern time with supernatural creatures that have been walking our planet forever. Maybe a cross between Blade and Next Of Kin. Very much like Underworld but more wild and with our special monsters so to speak. Can't give the rest away. Nobody has dealt with our particular heroes in a movie or script before.

 

How did the project come together in the first place, and what inspired you to write the thing?

 

I got the idea to write the script many moons ago but was pushed my writer/producer Stephen Niver [Stephen Niver interview - click here] to co-write with him on the project when he said he loved the idea. I didn't think I could do it but he walked me through the process and after about 6 months we had a script.

 

What can you tell us about your writing partner Stephen Niver, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Stephen is a talented writer who has written many movies and produced many horror- related projects like Chromeskull and Sharktopus and The Sitter, with 20 other writing and producing credits. Currently has a company called The Monster Machine where he writes horror and monster related movies for folks. Very easy to work with because he is a fan of the genre.

 

To what stage has Killbilly blossomed so far, and any idea when and where it will be released onto the general public, tentatively (and I do realize this is probably waaaay too early to ask)?

 

Our script we wrote together is one of those deals where it will cost more than 3 million to make, so some production companies are afraid, and yet won't cost 20 million so kinda in a grey state. But only a few people have read the script and we are waiting for the right person to say yes. No need to rush greatness in our opinion. And it's so fresh and set up for sequels we can wait for the right folks.

 

As far as I know, you started out as a pro-wrestler. So what got you into acting eventually?

 

As a kid I would watch Twilight Zone and Night Gallery and any horror movies I could get on TV. So I grew up with this fascination of the genre and I eventually knew I wanted to be an actor when I got into my 20's and act in the entertainment world. I wanted to be a horror movie actor and it took me many years before I got a gig on Angel the TV-series to finally get a start at that genre. Up until then I played cops or bad guys or the redneck killer/towtruck driver. But got some lucky breaks and got to work with Robert Hall, owner of Almost Human Special Effects on Buffy and Angel and eventually on The Crazies, where Robert's makeup along with Toby Sells got me the cover of Fangoria. Now talk about being stoked out of my mind when Rob called me and said you're getting the cover of Fangoria..

 

Did you receive any formal training as an actor?

 




I got started the hard way in acting at 21 years old taking classes in Hollywood. I didn't have an uncle who worked in the business and really just had to learn from trial and error. Audition after audition and getting turned down over and over again makes you strong. You eventually will get it unless you quit beforehand. I'm a bullshitter so I had to stay the course. I would audition during the day and throw people out of bars and night clubs at night. I eventually got some breaks on the reality side of TV and made a decent living working on Monster Garage with Jesse James as the voice of show and fill in host which led to getting my own hosting gig on Speed Channel on a drag racing show called Pass Time, which I filmed the last 5 year and 160 episodes. So I have a pretty good blue collar following on the automotive and bike scene across Canada and the US. But still my passion is the horror movie business.

 

Any past movies of yours you want to talk about?

 

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I also besides working with Rob Hall got to work with Don Coscarelli on John Dies At The End.. Don is one of those folks that scared me as a kid with his move Phantasm, so was a honor to work with him. Getting to work alongside Gerard Butler in Machine Gun Preacher was awesome as well. So being a actor I get to try all sorts of genres from drama to horror to comedies and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course one movie that I got a big gig on Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2002 with Jessica Biel as Leatherface was a huge deal for me. But I got hurt a week into shooting and got replaced by Andrew. Most people would have put a gun to their heads right then and there in that hotel room when they said I was going home and getting replaced. But you suck it up and keep moving forward to the next project.

 

Any future projects beyond Killbilly you'd like to share?

 

Whats next??? Not sure... Stephen and myself are always coming up with new story ideas for TV and film and of course we will eventually get KillBilly to the big screen, but until then you just grind away until it's your time again. Check me out at BrettWagner.org or on Facebook. And check out The Monster Machine on Facebook as well.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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