1st Miracle Acquires Rights to Produce 'Shinobi' With Manifest Film Co.'s Janet Yang and Hires Writer Stuart Beattie

Executive Producer Credit For Tony Cataldo, Jason Zelin,

Gordon Steel and Patrick Aluise



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from 1st Miracle Group, Inc.

    LOS ANGELES, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- 1st Miracle Group, Inc.
 (Pink Sheets:   MVEE), a diversified film and production company, today
 announced it has acquired the rights to produce a motion picture based on the
 Rudy Wurlitzer epic ninja screenplay entitled "Shinobi."  Miracle will produce
 the film with Manifest Film Co.'s Janet Yang and has hired writer Stuart
 Beattie.  Miracle CEO Tony Cataldo, President Jason Zelin and The Steel
 Company's Gordon Steel and Patrick Aluise will Executive Produce the project.
     Set during the shogun wars of the 16th century, "Shinobi" follows a
 well-bred Englishman who sails to Japan only to see his family murdered by
 shogun warriors.  He is saved by a female ninja who helps train him in the
 ways of the ninja as he seeks revenge on the shogun forces.
     Janet Yang is currently producing "High Crimes", a military courtroom
 thriller starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, slated for release next year
 with Twentieth Century Fox.  She recently completed production on "The Weight
 of Water," starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Polley and Catherine Mc
 Cormack.  Previously, Janet produced "Savior" starring Dennis Quaid, Nastassja
 Kinski and Stellan Skarsgard, and "Zero Effect" starring Bill Pullman and Ben
 Stiller.  Prior to Manifest Film Co., Ms. Yang was a Producer for Ixtlan,
 (Oliver Stone's Company, where she produced "The People vs. Larry Flynt"),
 HBO, Spelling Entertainment, Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, and MCA Universal
 Studios.  Additionally, she has worked on "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" and
 Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."
     Stuart Beattie has been brought on board to rewrite the screenplay for
 "Shinobi."  Previously, Beattie penned the screenplay for the DreamWorks film
 "Collateral," the adaptation of John Katzenbach's unpublished thriller "Dr.
 Stark's Last Vacation" for Phoenix Pictures, and adapted the Jeffrey Deaver
 novel "The Blue Nowhere" for Producer Joel Silver.
     "We are very excited to be a part of this fantastic project.  We have been
 working with The Steel Company's Gordon Steel and Patrick Aluise who brought
 the project to us.  After several discussions, we realized that this was a
 great opportunity for the company and we are moving forward rapidly with its
 development and packaging.  We are intent on working diligently to bring this
 project and similar future projects to fruition through Miracle
 Entertainment," said Tony Cataldo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 1st
 Miracle Group. Inc.
 
     About 1st Miracle Group, Inc.
     1st Miracle is a theatrical independent entertainment company dedicated to
 producing and distributing quality motion pictures for worldwide distribution.
 The company explores all options in releasing a film and making it available
 worldwide.  To that end, the company has partnered with some of the leading
 distribution companies both in the US and around the world.
 
     This statement includes forward-looking information as that term is
 defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and,
 therefore, is subject to certain risks and uncertainties.  There can be no
 assurance that the actual results, business conditions, business developments,
 losses and contingencies and local and foreign factors will not differ
 materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements as a result
 of various factors, including market conditions, competition, advances in
 technology and other factors.
 
 

SOURCE 1st Miracle Group, Inc.
    LOS ANGELES, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- 1st Miracle Group, Inc.
 (Pink Sheets:   MVEE), a diversified film and production company, today
 announced it has acquired the rights to produce a motion picture based on the
 Rudy Wurlitzer epic ninja screenplay entitled "Shinobi."  Miracle will produce
 the film with Manifest Film Co.'s Janet Yang and has hired writer Stuart
 Beattie.  Miracle CEO Tony Cataldo, President Jason Zelin and The Steel
 Company's Gordon Steel and Patrick Aluise will Executive Produce the project.
     Set during the shogun wars of the 16th century, "Shinobi" follows a
 well-bred Englishman who sails to Japan only to see his family murdered by
 shogun warriors.  He is saved by a female ninja who helps train him in the
 ways of the ninja as he seeks revenge on the shogun forces.
     Janet Yang is currently producing "High Crimes", a military courtroom
 thriller starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, slated for release next year
 with Twentieth Century Fox.  She recently completed production on "The Weight
 of Water," starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Polley and Catherine Mc
 Cormack.  Previously, Janet produced "Savior" starring Dennis Quaid, Nastassja
 Kinski and Stellan Skarsgard, and "Zero Effect" starring Bill Pullman and Ben
 Stiller.  Prior to Manifest Film Co., Ms. Yang was a Producer for Ixtlan,
 (Oliver Stone's Company, where she produced "The People vs. Larry Flynt"),
 HBO, Spelling Entertainment, Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, and MCA Universal
 Studios.  Additionally, she has worked on "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" and
 Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."
     Stuart Beattie has been brought on board to rewrite the screenplay for
 "Shinobi."  Previously, Beattie penned the screenplay for the DreamWorks film
 "Collateral," the adaptation of John Katzenbach's unpublished thriller "Dr.
 Stark's Last Vacation" for Phoenix Pictures, and adapted the Jeffrey Deaver
 novel "The Blue Nowhere" for Producer Joel Silver.
     "We are very excited to be a part of this fantastic project.  We have been
 working with The Steel Company's Gordon Steel and Patrick Aluise who brought
 the project to us.  After several discussions, we realized that this was a
 great opportunity for the company and we are moving forward rapidly with its
 development and packaging.  We are intent on working diligently to bring this
 project and similar future projects to fruition through Miracle
 Entertainment," said Tony Cataldo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 1st
 Miracle Group. Inc.
 
     About 1st Miracle Group, Inc.
     1st Miracle is a theatrical independent entertainment company dedicated to
 producing and distributing quality motion pictures for worldwide distribution.
 The company explores all options in releasing a film and making it available
 worldwide.  To that end, the company has partnered with some of the leading
 distribution companies both in the US and around the world.
 
     This statement includes forward-looking information as that term is
 defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and,
 therefore, is subject to certain risks and uncertainties.  There can be no
 assurance that the actual results, business conditions, business developments,
 losses and contingencies and local and foreign factors will not differ
 materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements as a result
 of various factors, including market conditions, competition, advances in
 technology and other factors.
 
 SOURCE  1st Miracle Group, Inc.