Press Release –
Slednecks Aces Soar on Polaris Race Sleds in Babylon A.D.
When you combine two names that are synonymous with “action” – actor Vin Diesel and Slednecks, the extreme snowmobile video company – the result is Polaris snowmobiles flipping and flying high above Sweden in the new action movie, “Babylon A.D.”
The 20th Century Fox film scheduled for U.S. release on August 29, 2008, features Slednecks riders Paul Thacker and Chris Burandt launching Polaris snowmobiles across the big screen while being pursued by rocket-launching military aircraft.
According to John Keegan, Co-owner of Slednecks, the Slednecks involvement in the new action-pic started last spring.
“Slednecks received a phone call from legendary Hollywood stunt man Bob Brown about a film he was working on,” Keegan said. “He was looking for some help in regards to developing the best snowmobile chase and stunt scene for the upcoming ‘Babylon A.D.’ sci-fi film featuring Vin Diesel. We gladly helped out with equipment, consulting, sending our Polaris sleds, and of course sending two of the best riders in the world to be part of this epic scene.”
Brown and Diesel reportedly lobbied the producers to add the snowmobile action scene to the film, and they worked with Keegan and his staff to determine how to use the snowmobiles for the greatest visual impact.
“We helped advise them on what was doable, worked on the story board of the scene, got the equipment, athletes, and consulted on ramps for the shoot,” Keegan said. “It was a really cool deal since this scene was not originally included in the script.” Burandt and Thacker packed their sleds, passports and riding skills and headed to Europe, where they enjoyed a great movie-making experience.
“From back flips to cliff drops to being lit on fire to just chillin’ with Vin, Chris Burandt and I did it all on our Hollywood-style trip to Sweden,” Thacker said. “Doing the ‘Babylon A.D.’ stunt work was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to see the movie.”
The new sci-fi action film set in the near future is directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and is based on the novel “Babylon Babies” by Maurice Georges Dantec.
Diesel plays the role of “Thoorop,” a mercenary who takes the assignment of transporting a “package” from post-apocalyptic eastern Europe to New York City.
The “package” turns out to be a woman who is in demand. As is the case with most of Diesel’s action films, there are multiple parties willing to go to great lengths to thwart Diesel’s mission.
Fists fly, bullets fly – even Polaris snowmobiles fly across snow-covered Swedish landscapes in what one advance reviewer called “James Bond-styled snowmobile chase sequences.”
Keegan said an additional sled was sent to the Czech Republic for shooting against a “green screen” in a studio. He said the Slednecks staff also helped the filmmakers create a “Behind the Scenes” video that will likely be included on the “Babylon A.D.” DVD.
On August 26, Diesel appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” on NBC-TV to promote the film. Diesel spoke excitedly at length about the snowmobile scene and praised it for the high-flying excitement it adds to the film.
For a guy whose movie career is packed with airborne action, that’s high praise.