Nicolas Cage Genre Thrill Ride Willy's Wonderland Sells Foreign Fast at Cannes

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Foresight Unlimited, a division of Screen Media Ventures,  a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, announced today the sale of most key international territories, including the U.K., Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany and Latin America, for the genre thrill ride with the working title, Willy’s Wonderland. The film stars Nicolas Cage with Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz and Chris Warner and is directed by Kevin Lewis. The screenplay, which was high on the Blood List, a list of highly anticipated genre scripts, was written by G.O. Parsons

Foresight Unlimited Chairman Mark Damon commented, “Certainly, part of the reason Willy’s Wonderland is selling so well, is the spike in demand for mid-range genre thriller titles with a name actor attached. But particularly since this film has the makings to become a cult classic, and after showing buyers footage, they are believers as well.”

Willy’s Wonderland follows The Janitor (Cage), an out-of-towner, who is forced to clean a family entertainment center in exchange for having his car serviced after it breaks down. He, along with some locals, must then survive a hellish night trapped inside with the stars of the center - animatronic characters that have turned evil.

Landafar Entertainment, JD Entertainment, Saturn Films, Screen Media Ventures and Landmark Studio Group produced the film in association with Baffin Media Limited with the support of Great Point Media. Landmark’s CEO, David Ozer, Grant Cramer, and Jeremy Davis are producing along with Cage and Mike Nilon. Foresight Chairman Mark Damon, Screen Media Ventures President David Fannon and SVP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions Seth Needle are executive producers.  

Below is a list of foreign territories sold:

UK (Signature Entertainment)

Germany & Benelux (Splendid)

Latin America (CDC)

CIS (Central Partnership)

Canada (VVS)

Australia (Madman)

Italy (Eagle Pictures)

Scandinavia (SF Studios)

Middle East (Salim Ramia)

Portugal (Nos Lusomundo)

Poland (M2)

Hong Kong (Pegasus)

Taiwan (MovieCloud)

Thailand (Sahamongkol)

Philippines (Pioneer)

Pan Asia Pay TV (Fox-Disney)

Vietnam (Rapture Lions Entertainment)

India & Singapore (Viswass)

Bulgaria & Ex-Yugo (Fifth Element/Blitz)

Iceland (Myndform)

 

About Foresight Unlimited

Foresight Unlimited, a division of Screen Media Ventures, is one of the industry’s leading independent film production, sales, and distribution companies.  With a pioneering entertainment career spanning over 50 years, first as an actor, and then a producer, CEO Mark Damon is considered to be one of the leading authorities on international film financing, distribution and marketing strategies as well as being a successful independent producer, having garnered over 11 Oscar nominations and 1 win (MONSTER) during his outstanding career. The company’s management group is helmed by President Tamara Birkemoe who oversees all aspects of the company’s slate.

About Screen Media Ventures, LLC

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 for the US and Canada. 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.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns a majority stake in Crackle Plus, a company formed with Sony Pictures Television, 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.    

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