Though Carano’s removal from the popular Disney Plus series is a frustration to fans petitioning the company to bring her back, it could be a boon to the budding partnership between the conservative media company The Daily Wire and Bonfire Legend, a Dallas-based production company.
In an announcement, The Daily Wire said that Carano would “develop, produce, and star” in a new film that the company will “release exclusively to its members as the company continues to bolster its entertainment division.”
“The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered,” said Carano.
“I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them,” she added.
The announcement with Carano comes on the heels of The Daily Wire’s foray into film with the recent release of a new movie that was also produced with Bonfire Legend.
Run Hide Fight is an action-thriller focused on a 17-year-old who fights back against a group of shooters at her school.
Dallas Sonnier, founder of Bonfire Legend and one of the film’s producers, said during an interview with Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro that Run Hide Fight was not originally planned to be a Daily Wire movie.
Sonnier said that the script was almost bought by a major studio, but after the mass murder at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the studio jumped ship.
“So I said, ‘This script deserves to be made. I’m going to take the personal responsibility of the movie, even beyond the director, even beyond the actors, even beyond my producers, and everything like that, because I have lived with the personal tragedy of losing not one but two parents to gun violence,’” said Sonnier.
He continued, “‘And so I’m going to take the responsibility. I’m going to shelter the movie and we’re going to make it in my system with independent money so that I can make it totally unperverted.’”
As the project came together, Bonfire Legend found a decommissioned middle school in Red Oak, just south of Dallas, that served as the ideal filming location.
Sonnier recalled to Shapiro that after Run Hide Fight had been completed, “The response to the movie from the critical community, which was so perverted, and the ultimate challenges in selling the movie to a traditional Hollywood distributor, opened the door for me to contact you again and say, literally, ‘I think you should come on board this movie and distribute it.’ And then the rest is history.”
The Daily Wire premiered the film on January 14 through its online platform with 300,000 viewers tuning in to watch the movie.
Notably, though Rotten Tomatoes currently shows that Run Hide Fight has received a score of 29 percent from critics, the audience score is at 93 percent.
In the interview with Shapiro, Sonnier noted that his films are geared toward conservative or moderate audiences without attempting to be overtly political or religious like other films targeting conservatives.
“My movies do so well in Middle America. We sell out at Wal-Mart. They have to reorder the DVDs — the DVDs! It’s like you wonder who are the people watching NCIS every week, and it’s my aunts and uncles and cousins in Shreveport, Louisiana — real salt of the earth, great people who I love sharing Thanksgiving with,” said Sonnier.
“This is the audience I know,” he added. “And they’re mostly conservatives and some moderates and things like that, and I think it’s such an awesome opportunity to start sharing movies with them again and making movies for that audience.”
Shapiro has also said that The Daily Wire wants to make films that will appeal to younger audiences by not shying away from violence.
With acting credits under her belt in a number of action films ranging from Deadpool to an installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, Carano is poised to appeal to that audience.
“We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left. This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob,” said Shapiro in the announcement.
In a recent podcast with Carano, Shapiro said that when her name began trending on Twitter, he reached out to her to see if she would be interested in producing something with The Daily Wire.
“In Hollywood, typically the advice is to keep your head down, make an apology,” said Shapiro. “But you didn’t do any of that. You were basically ready to go from the moment I gave you a call.”
“I was prepared to at any point get let go, because I’ve seen this happen to so many people,” said Carano. “I’m going to go down swinging then, and I’m going to stay true to myself.”
The Daily Wire says that more details about Carano’s movie “will be released in the coming weeks and months.”
“We’re eager to bring Gina’s talent to Americans who love her, and we’re just as eager to show Hollywood that if they want to keep cancelling those who think differently, they’ll just be helping us build the X-wing to take down their Death Star,” Shapiro stated in the announcement.
In keeping with the Star Wars theme, Carano shared the announcement on Twitter, adding, “This is just the beginning.. welcome to the rebellion.”
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.