New announcements from Cannes continue to roll in and we have three press releases to share with readers. Continue reading to learn about the acquisition of Cold Blooded, actual space footage being used for Newcomers, and a Make My Horror Movie challenge from Dark Sky Films:
Cold Blooded: "Uncork’d Entertainment and VIVA Pictures announced today the acquisition for U.S. rights to the dark psychological thriller Cold Blooded from Guildwood Entertainment. Cold Blooded was written and directed by Jason Lapeyre. Uncork’d Entertainment’s Keith Leopard and VIVA Pictures’ Victor Elizalde made the announcement today fresh from the Festival du Cannes.
“Cold Blooded had us mesmerized from the first scene," commented Leopard. “There are so many layers of suspense and surprise in this film that promise to keep viewers holding their collective breath.”
“As proven by its award at Fantasia and selection at Fantastic Fest, Cold Blooded is an audience pleasure,” stated Jason Moring, President of Double Dutch International. “Keith and Victor have shown incredible enthusiasm for the film and when paired with their vast experience, I’m confident Cold Blooded will reach the mass audience it deserves.”
Starring Ryan Robbins ("Sanctuary," Walking Tall), Zoie Palmer ("Lost Girl," Devil) and William MacDonald ("The Phantoms," "The LA Complex"), Cold Blooded spins the tightly-wound tale of a female police officer assigned to keep a dangerous prisoner from escaping a nearly abandoned hospital unit. At the same time, his virulent criminal partners are coming to get him. "To Serve and Protect" becomes a life and death struggle as the officer and her charge must work together for their own survival.
The distribution deal covers U.S. rights for theatrical, VOD, home entertainment and digital. Jason Moring from Double Dutch International (www.doubledutchmedia.ca) negotiated the deal with Leopard."
Newcomers: "Cinipix, a vertically integrated product"ion, acquisition and distribution company headed by CEO Todd Slater (Ray, Raze), announced today that it has joined forces with Patricia A Beninati and Michael K Anderson’s Centerboro Productions to produce the sci-fi action film “Newcomers” and will send XCOR Aerospace’s commercial spacecraft, the Lynx, into space to shoot exclusive footage for the film.
The Lynx will be piloted by former NASA Astronaut Col. Richard A. Searfoss on an expedition marking the first Hollywood involvement for a privately owned space company, as well as first-of-its kind brand integration.
Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, however “Newcomers” will tell the story of a former NASA Astronaut who saves the Earth from an alien invasion with help from the commercial space industry (XCOR Aerospace).
Beninati and Anderson adapted the screenplay from an original story and script by Beninati. Slater will produce alongside Executive Producer Mat Hayden. They join existing producers, James MacLean (Archetype Entertainment) and Jacob Silver, who originally developed the movie package with Beninati and Anderson.
Cinipix CEO Todd Slater said, “We knew we could approach this film in a new, non-traditional way and explore options that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Partnering with a privately owned commercial space company for an interstellar sci-fi film is now very logical and doable so we wanted to move fast and create something special. We certainly know it will add a fantastic and thrilling realism to our scenes.”
“Cinipix is one of the few companies approaching the film business in a really unique way,” says Beninati. “It has created a one stop shop that allows the creative side of the industry to focus on what we do best which is create.”
Andrew Nelson, COO of XCOR Aerospace, said, “We are delighted to have our Lynx spacecraft showcased in the film. We think that Newcomers will be a fantastic piece of entertainment for science fiction fans.”
Producers are now talking to top directors with an eye toward starting principal photography in First Quarter 2014.
Centerboro Productions is a New York City-based entertainment company specializing in science fiction films, television and web content headed by the writing/production team of Patricia A. Beninati and Michael K. Anderson.
Wall Street Financiers Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman recently formed Toast & Jam Holdings, LLC to invest in Cinipix as well as animation house Cosmic Toast Studios and rental company Cinirents, expanding the companies into a multifaceted studio and production company."
Make My Horror Movie: "Producer Ant Timpson and Greg Newman (EVP MPI/Dark Sky Films) and New Zealand Film Commission CEO Graeme Mason announced today the return of MAKE MY MOVIE, the highly successful New Zealand feature film project.
The New Zealand Film Commission and MPI/Dark Sky Films are financing a low budget feature film scheme in which the entire budget will be given away to any individual/team who can come up with a synopsis & poster that wows the public and the in-house gurus. The first round resulted in the critically acclaimed kiwi peeping-tom rom-com HOW TO MEET GIRLS FROM A DISTANCE. That film was conceived and delivered in less than six months, it was then sold to Madman Entertainment after a highly successful festival run in New Zealand.
This time around Exec Producer Ant Timpson sought support from Greg Newman and MPI and upped the stakes calling it MAKE MY HORROR MOVIE with a focus entirely on the horror genre.
"Having MPI/Dark Sky onboard from day one is a smart way to help us to find a project that can transcend the inherent limitations of a low budget and to select a project that can make a real dent internationally. We were all knocked out by the creativity from the first Make My Movie, we have a real chance to find the next Paranormal Activity through this process" said Timpson.
Greg Newman, EVP MPI/Dark Sky said, "We are pleased to be involved in this unique collaboration with Ant Timpson and The New Zealand Film Commission. This furthers our commitment to developing new talent and to bringing the best in independent genre to the marketplace."
"We were all really impressed by what the make My Movie team and How to Meet Girls from a Distance achieved last year. We're proud to support this excellent low-budget initiative and I can't wait to see what Make My Horror Movie produces this time round" says NZFC Chief Executive Graeme Mason.
The deal was structured by Tim Riley of Dominion Law with assistance from NZFC's Naomi Wallwork. MPI will cover Worldwide Sales.
The MPI/Dark Sky Films brand includes the successful genre films The House of the Devil, Stake Land, The Innkeepers, Frankenstein's Army, Hatchet III, Stitches and the upcoming Late Phases."