The idea was to leave audiences gasping for breath after watching a real-life Batman performing death-defying leaps in a million dollar thriller.
Now that heart-in-mouth feeling is a terrifying reality – following the death of the star of a new Birmingham movie titled BASE.
During production, the film’s Jewellery Quarter producer Michael Ford worked hard to ensure audiences would be taken to the edge and beyond as the lead actor dived for glory, ready to snatch wingsuit victory from the jaws of death.
Batman Begins, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Star Trek, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the London Olympics 2012 had all featured base-jumping stunts, but Michael wanted BASE to be a whole movie about them.
A health and safety expert guided every scene to perfection after working on movies such as The Dark Knight Rises and helping Tom Cruise to stick to the side of a plane in the Mission Impossible franchise.
But, when shooting on BASE finished, actor Alexander Polli carried on jumping – and being prepared to fly at more than 155 mph.
Luck ran out in August last year for the 31-year-old who had once dated pop princess Britney Spears.
Polli was killed after crashing into a tree in Couloir Ensa, part of the French ski capital of Chamonix, where the Norwegian-Italian had made his home.
Now, 15 months later, the BASE movie is set to be released in cinemas by producer Michael Ford, owner of Birmingham’s Infinite Wisdom Studios.
Three years ago, he helped to finance the Pudsey family film starring the Britain’s Got Talent’s winning dancing dog. He wasn’t barking mad – that one went on to become one of the top 20 British movies of 2014.
This time, Michael is releasing BASE in a new way – and as a tribute to the friend he lost.
“Alex was like a rock and roll star,” he says. “He was a force of nature, just full of life and very infectious.