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An Interview with Christopher Otiko, Co-Writer and Executive Producer of Axeman 2: Overkill

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2014

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Your upcoming movie Axeman 2: Overkill - in a few words, what's it going to be about?

 

A group of baddies converge on Cutter's Creek and find the baddest baddie there with axe in hand.

 

To what extent will Axeman 2: Overkill be a direct sequel to the first Axeman, and was that one always supposed to be the launch pad for a series?

 

The story of Overkill picks up where Axeman ended. Darren and Deputy Darlene are screaming as the axe comes down. Can't tell too much about the story because there are many twists and turns and to tell anything at this stage would compromise the journey. But I'm telling you, it will be one heck of a ride!

 

You of course have to talk about your partner on the project Joston Theney [Joston Theney interview - click here] for a bit, and how do you two share writing duties on Axeman 2: Overkill? And how did you two meet up in the first place?

 

Joston is the character/story guy. I'm the big picture guy. We know what story we want to tell and he writes it and I am the one who keeps the journey in perspective. He likes to say that I'm quality control and I agree in a way. I tell him to concentrate on the story and the characters and I'll keep the entertainment value in check, lol. Joston and I met a few years back. We both worked in medicine - he was a director of marketing for elder care and I was the podiatrist that supported the facility. During a luncheon/benefit we started talking about movies, what we loved, what we didn't like so much, and what we would do differently. He proposed us making a movie together. I was interested in doing so, and here we are.

 

What can you tell us about the intended look and feel of your movie? And as the executive producer of Axeman 2: Overkill, will you have any say when it comes to creative decisions?

 


I always have a say, lol. We sat down and drew concrete lines through the filmmaking process. He's responsible for portions and I'm responsible for portions. Axeman was our first film together and it was a great trial by fire for both of us. We're not perfect and neither was our film, however this time around we've both stayed in our lanes, honed our talents and fine-tuned our communication - all of this to bring you the best horror sequel you'll experience. We're going deeper into the folklore surrounding the Axeman and bloodying and blurring the lines between good and evil.

 

As of yet, Axeman 2: Overkill is still in pre-production - so what's the schedule, what are some of the major issues, productionwise, at the moment, and any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public yet?

 

We started development on the film quite some time ago so a lot of issues were ironed out from the beginning. And there's been nothing here that isn't the norm for every production - we're just encountering them BEFORE we get to set, lol. Because when we are there, we want to make sure that we have the best team of actors and the best crew members to deliver the best film we can to our audience. Everything we do is with them in mind. Joston gives everything he has to the process and it's my job to make sure I give everything I have to ensure those efforts are best received by the fans. Quality Control at it's finest, lol.

 

While Axeman 2: Overkill isn't even shot yet, you're already in the planning stages of Axeman 3: Absolution, right? You of course have to talk about that one for a bit! And any future projects beyond that one?

 

Joston and I still aren't on the same page regarding Absolution, hahaha. He wants it to be the finale in a trilogy but I see it as a rebirth of the character and the legend of Axeman. I'll keep letting him think that it ends there, but we're going to make more!  It takes us to a familiar setting - camp. With a group of counselors who've finished their summer and are ready to head home when events from Overkill spill into their camp. Hell finds them. And buckets of blood and guts follow. That's all I can say for now.

 


You have recently also published Santa, the first in a series of Kim Kramer Mysteries - so you have to talk about that one for a bit, and the concept of the series as such?

 

Kim Kramer Mysteries is a series of books which span 20 years in the life of Kim Kramer, MD. The first book starts out with Kim as a 22 year old medical student on a Christmas break from Harvard medical school. She goes to London to spend time with her boyfriend and gets caught up in finding the true identity of a suspected serial killer and an international conspiracy. The second book has her hunting for a serial killer who copies The Boston Strangler after her roommate is is murdered. A life changing event happens at the end of this book that makes her change her career from an obstetrician to become a forensic psychiatrist and devote her life to tracking down the elusive "The Babe" who she knows is going to become the worst serial killer in history. The rest of the books in the series follow her career as she tracks down serial killers all the while learning from each one in her life long search for "The Babe".

 

What got you into writing to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject? And when did you pick up writing for movies?

 

No formal training. I am a podiatrist by training. I was too short to be a basketball player, couldn't sing at all so that ruled out rapping, so the only option for a nerdy black guy was medical school! Being a total nerd in high school I read tons of novels and after reading most of them I was like "I can write better that the crap I just read!" So I started writing short stories and wrote the storyline for comic books with my brother providing the illustartions. But my medical practice didn't afford any spare time to write until 2009 when I suddenly found I had lots of time on my hands after my divorce which financially devastated me. I was forced to take some time off and that year I wrote 4 screenplays and started Santa, the first of the Kim Kramer series.

 


Apart from the Kim Kramer Mysteries and the Axeman movies, any other books or films of yours you'd like to talk about?

 

I wrote an autobiography called Lost in the USA; The Bizarre Odyssey of Chris Otiko, which covers my crazy life growing up in London, Nigeria, emigrating to America at 22, and working my way through medical school.

 

Writers, filmmakers, whoever else who inspire you?

 

I like fast paced novels with elements of surprise. I was a huge fan of Sidney Sheldon when I was younger. He is my main inspiration because his books were exciting, got to the point, usually had twists and turns, and always had strong female characters like Kim Kramer. As for filmmakers, I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and of course Joston Theney!

 

Your favourite movies?

 

I like movies about serial killers, thrillers with a twist at the end or flat out crazy comedies. So that being said said my favorite movies are Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, The Usual Suspects, Psycho, The Prestige, The Hangover, and What's up Doc?

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

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A movie must really suck for me NOT to finish it or just really hate it, and two come to my mind. Spike Lee's Summer of Sam, which is weird because its about a serial killer and I love those kinds of movies, and The Blair Witch Project, again weird because I usually dig horror/suspense movies.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

You can find Axeman on Facebook at www.facebook.com/axemanatcutterscreek and you can find us on Twitter at @AxemanTheMovie.

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

That's it. Thanks!!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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