Director Kyle Newman Talks BARELY LETHAL, His PG-13 Battle, Assembling the Cast, and More

     May 28, 2015


Opening in select theaters and OnDemand tomorrow is director Kyle Newman’s (Fanboys) Barely Lethal. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage assassin who’s a master of lethal techniques, but doesn’t quite want to live the life of a killer. She decides to fake her death and try being a normal high school student, but she can’t escape her training or old foes. The movie also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba, Sophie TurnerThomas MannGabriel Basso, and Dove Cameron. For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Yesterday at the Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Kyle Newman that I’m going to post in a few segments. In today’s installment, Newman talks about landing the great cast and how it came together, which of his cast helped get the film international money, his first cut, how Brett Ratner and his production company RatPac Entertainment got involved, his PG-13 battle with the MPAA, the high school movie genre, and more.

Look for more with Newman soon.


Kyle Newman:

  • How quickly did the project come together and what appealed to him about script?
  • 2:14 – The great cast and how he put it together.
  • 4:22 – Why did he cast Sophie Turner?
  • 4:45 – Who was the person in his cast that got them the international money.
  • 5:45 – How did Bret Ratner get involved in the project?
  • 6:30 – Why are people around the world interested in American High School movies?
  • 8:05 – How long was his first cut?
  • 9:20 – His PG-13 battle.


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