by Angela Walker
The Lost Medallion is the first film in the youth action adventure series entitled The Adventures of Billy Stone. Described as “an Indiana Jones for tweens,” The Lost Medallion stars young actors Billy Unger (Jack and the Beanstalk, Opposite Day, Rock Slyde), Sammi Hanratty (An American Girl) and Jansen Panettiere (The Perfect Game). Adult cast members include James Hong (Kung Fu Panda, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Blade Runner), and Mark Dacascos (Crying Freeman, Nomad, Scorcher).
Archaeologist Dr. Michael Stone looked for the lost medallion his entire life, and now his son Billy (Unger, seen at right) has taken up the search. Amazingly, the medallion ends up in Billy’s hands and a spontaneous wish in a precarious situation takes Billy and his best friend Allie (Hanratty), back 200 years to what they realize is a very different Aumakua Island.
When Billy and his friends are not jumping off waterfalls, avoiding animal traps, crossing the ocean, sneaking through caves or escaping a prison they're facing their nemesis Cobra (Dacascos), who wants nothing more than for them all to disappear. With no other way to get home, and the wellbeing of the entire island resting on his shoulders, Billy must discover the key to reclaiming the medallion and its tremendous power. One way or another, this adventure will change Billy, and life on the island, forever.
Bill Muir (writer of Invisible Enemies, The Crossing, and Without Reservation), who created the story, is directing his original screenplay, soon to be published in novel form. Producers Kevin and Bobby Downes (The Moment After 1 & 2, Mercy Streets, Like Dandelion Dust) scouted locations in Hawaii and Australia before finding exactly what they needed in Thailand. Filming locations include Erawan National Park, the historic ruins of Minh Sa, the beach resort area of Krabi, and Bangkok.
“We’re excited about filling a gap we perceive in family-friendly entertainment: action and adventure films for kids ages 7 – 15,” said Bobby Downes. “The focus is on good stories with lots of action, made with the best production values possible.”
The producers hope to have filming wrapped at the end of March.