New York, NY
In partnership with Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment today announced the acquisition of the new supernatural thriller, Monstrous, starring Christina Ricci (Monster, Sleepy Hollow). Colleen Camp (Spenser Confidential) is co-starring. Chris Sivertson (All Cheerleaders Must Die, The Lost) is directing. The film was written by Carol Chrest.
“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Screen Media on Monstrous, an exciting, commercially viable feature film, with a fresh and current take on one of the most popular genres in the world. Christina Ricci’s unmatched talent with an adept group of filmmakers and a spine-tingling script is a recipe for success that that will please audiences everywhere,” said Epstein.
Monstrous centers on a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7- year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with.
“Carol Chrest created an iconic genre character who Christina Ricci brings to life in a mesmerizing and deeply emotional performance,” said Sivertson.
Robert Yocum, Sasha Yelaun and B.I. Rosen are producing alongside Johnny Remo. Sivertson and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm (My Friend Dahmer) are executive producing alongside Omer Paracha, Sean Reilly, Clay Epstein, Craig Albrecht, Carol Anne Watts and Adam Sigal of Scarlett Pictures, and Galen Christy and Mark Silba of High Octane Pictures.
Principal Photography began in early December in Los Angeles, CA throughout Simi Valley, Sherman Oaks and Altadena.
Sivertson has written and directed numerous elevated genre films since his critically acclaimed adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s THE LOST. He most recently co-wrote Wash Me In The River starring Robert De Niro and John Malkovich and also wrote the upcoming bio-pic Slinky for director Tamra Jenkins.
Ricci is repped by Jason Weinberg and Steven Nossokoff at Untitled and ICM’s Chuck James. Camp is repped by Mark Herzberg at Gersh.
Sivertson is repped by Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse and Aperture Entertainment.
Screen Media is acquiring the world outside of North America, UK, Japan and Middle East, and Film Mode is handling international sales in partnership with Screen Media.
High Octane has acquired Middle East, North Africa and Japan.
Film Mode Entertainment (FME) strives to present a variety of commercially viable products across the globe, operates as a home for elevated genre films and continually works to help pave the way for filmmakers in this rapidly changing world where competition is at a peak. FME fills the hole in the global marketplace for films that “raise the genre-bar” and that audiences are yearning to see more of, as proven by recent box-office records, ongoing changes in the industry, media attention, award shows and major festival and markets.
Previous collaborations between Screen Media and Film Mode include the Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller Anti-Life, the horror film Dreamcatcher starring Radha Mitchell and Henry Thomas, the recently announced comedy, Senior Moment, starring William Shatner, Jean Smart and Christopher Lloyd, the sci-fi horror film PORTALS directed by Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto and Liam O’Donnell, and the fantasy thriller Stray directed by Joe Sill.
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit www.screenmedia.net.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on- demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.
Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent titles include CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel, HOOKING UP starring Brittany Snow, Sam Richardson and Vivica A. Fox, STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier, and DREAMKATCHER starring Radha Mitchell, Lin Shaye, and Henry Thomas.
Previous releases include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee James Caan. Film Mode accelerated their growth and expanded their capabilities by entering into a partnership with SCREEN MEDIA, representing their catalogue of more than 600 titles, including WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance, and MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for the film. The company also has its own distribution arm, as well as a documentary label, DocMode. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA. For more information, please visit www.filmmodeentertainment.com.