SUTHERLAND “Pirate’s Passage” & More

Posted: May 30, 2014

DONALD SUTHERLAND'S New Project PIRATE'S PASSAGE FEATUREWe've posted it before - we'll post it again... Donald Sutherland is one busy guy.

This October the thriller THE CALLING will hit theatres in which he stars opposite OSCAR™ winners Susan Sarandon (DEAD MAN WALKING) and Ellen Burstyn (ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE).  Also set for release this year the western feature FORSAKEN - Sutherland co-stars with Demi Moore (GHOST) and son Kiefer Sutherland (24) in that one.

click here to see THE HUNGER GAMES MOCKINGJAY PART 1 TrailerAdd those 2 pictures to his return as President Snow in the double installment of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY - Part 1 of which will be released this November, and you'd think that would be enough for the Saint John, NB native..... well...

Just announced in yesterday's CBC UpFront preview of the 2014-15 season - Sutherland will be the voice of Captain Johnson in the made-for-tv animated movie PIRATE'S PASSAGE.  Based on William Gilkerson's novel of the same name - Sutherland also produced and co-wrote the film along with Gander, NL native Brad Peyton.

The story is set in Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia (not too far from where Sutherland grew up in Bridgewater) and completing the 4 province Atlantic Canadian tie-in for the project - Animation Director & Co-Director Jamie Gallant hails from Prince Edward Island.

Naturally with the entire East Coast having a hand in it we're giving it two thumbs up - sight unseen! 😉

What follows is the official word from CBC publicity - stay tuned for more details and be watching when PIRATE'S PASSAGE premieres in the new year. SABS


A Sweet Release...

PIRATE'S PASSAGE is an animated, made-for-television film based on William Gilkerson's critically acclaimed novel. Produced and co-written by Canadian screen icon Donald Sutherland along with co-writer, Brad Peyton, Sutherland also stars as the voice of the lead character, Captain Johnson. 

Set in 1952 Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia -- a centuries old town that was famous 250 years ago as a favoured port of pirates -- PIRATE'S PASSAGE follows the story of 12-year-old Jim. Fraught by the death of his father and forced to endure schoolyard bullying each day, Jim manages to carry on, buoyed by his optimistic imagination and fueled by his sense of adventure. His widowed mother struggles to keep their livelihood, the Admiral Anson Inn, from being sold. It is an ongoing battle until the sudden arrival of Captain Johnson, whose small sailboat has been thrown off course by a storm, changes the family's life. 

The Captain, under the distrustful eye of Meg, the inn's housekeeper, quickly inserts himself as a mentor and friend to Jim, helping him with his school essay on pirates and, while he's at it, giving him extraordinary lessons in self-reliance and determination. Soon, Jim turns the tables, developing a liberating self-assurance all his own that so deeply touches the Captain that he allows Jim to see evidence that the Captain may be more than meets the eye. Is Captain Johnson the same Charles Johnson who was a pirate there two hundred years ago? What does he mean when he talks about the "pirates" of today? The lad goes with him on a literal journey into the past to find out and emerges able to navigate the course of his life.


criminal-minds-showrunner-brings-crossing-lines-to-nbcFor previous posts on Donald Sutherland check out - SUTHERLAND Hunger Games, Crossing Lines & MORE, Sutherland on the Screen Again in SOFIA, The Hunger Games & More,"Man on a Train", Sutherland will star as President Snow, Sutherland Stars with U2's Larry Mullen Jr., Hollywood Walk of Fame, 7 in '11 for Sutherland and Saint John Son Celebrates 75

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  1. This is an exciting project to see being made into a made for TV movie. Can't wait to see this...and not just because my son Jamie is the Animation Director & Co-Director.

    Comment by Tony Gallant — June 26, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

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