The Red Rover: Origins

In the distant future, seven teenage explorers, bonded together by unspeakable loss, embark on an epic journey of discovery, wonderment and survival throughout our infinite universe, which will subsequently unlock the full potential of their minds, bodies and souls. More

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About C.E. Whitaker III

A writer/director/producer living in Los Angeles, C.E. was born and raised in Hollis, Queens (NYC). He attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, graduating with a BA in Radio/TV Production. In 2016, C.E. was selected as a finalist in the Warner Bros Emerging Film Director’s Workshop. In recent years, he has optioned a sports feature as well as a political drama pilot. He has also written, directed and produced two (2) short films.

In 2019, he worked in London on the Guy Ritchie-directed feature, THE GENTLEMEN, for Miramax/STX, starring Colin Farrell, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam & Hugh Grant and the Sir Kenneth Branagh-directed fantasy adventure, ARTEMIS FOWL; 2018, saw him work on the Jessica Chastain led-feature, EVE, directed by Tate Taylor in Boston; 2017 was busier with the Dan Gilroy-directed film ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ., starring Denzel Washington & Carmen Ejogo; the Chicago-based feature, WIDOWS, directed by Steven McQueen starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry & Daniel Kaluuya; and the live-action re-imagining of Disney's DUMBO directed by Tim Burton, starring Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton & Eva Green in London.

His senior year of college, C.E. had the pleasure of meeting the late Ray Bradbury, who told him that C.E. reminded him of a young Orson Welles. There is a possibility that Ray was simply being nice, but he did autograph C.E.’s copy of the Martian Chronicles, stating the following: “to Charles, S.O.B., love Ray.” The context of this coming from a story told by Ray to C.E. and his classmates about meeting the legendary W.C. Fields for the very first time. Fields said, “son, if you wanna make it in this town, you need to be a real son of a bitch.”

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