Screen Media Acquires Action Film The Bricklayer

NEW YORK, N.Y.

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of all North American rights to the action film The Bricklayer. Directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2) and written by Matt Johnson (Into the Blue) and Hanna Weg (Septembers of Shiraz) based on a novel by Noah Boyd, the film stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen, Thank You for Smoking), Nina Dobrev (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Let’s Be Cops), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Jockey) Tim Blake Nelson (Nightmare Alley, Naked Singularity), and Ilfenesh Hadera (Baywatch). The film is produced by Robert Van Norden, Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, Heidi Jo Markel, Les Weldon, and Jonathan Yunger and executive produced by Boaz Davidson, Avi Lerner, Erik Lindsay, Tanner Mobley, Lonnie Ramati, Trevor Short, Seth Needle, and David Nagelberg. The Bricklayer is the second title in Screen Media’s output deal with Millennium Films, following The Enforcer. Screen Media is planning a day-and-date theatrical and on-demand release summer 2023. 

 

In The Bricklayer, someone is blackmailing the CIA – assassinating foreign journalists and making it look like the agency is responsible. As the world begins to unite against the US, the CIA must lure its most brilliant – and rebellious – operative out of retirement, forcing him to confront his checkered past while unraveling an international conspiracy.

“The dynamic team of iconic director Renny Harlin and charismatic lead Aaron Eckhart is unmatched,” said Screen Media in a statement. “We’re grateful and excited to make this intense action-thriller our second film in our Millennium partnership.”

 

"Screen Media has been an incredible releasing partner, having done a great job steering Till Death and The Outpost to great success,” said Jonathan Yunger, co-president of Millennium Media in a statement. “We look forward to the same with The Bricklayer with many more to come." 

 

The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, executive vice president of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, on behalf of Screen Media with Jonathan Yunger and Jeffrey Greenstein of Millennium Media.

 

Screen Media recently acquired the action film Code Name Banshee starring Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan and The Locksmith starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames. Screen Media also acquired worldwide rights to the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, the psychological thriller Cordelia starring Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Johnny Flynn, The Good Neighbor starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the psychological horror film Monstrous starring Christina Ricci, the thriller The Immaculate Room starring Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth, Kevin Lewis’ follow up to Willy’s Wonderland, and The Accursed starring Mena Suvari. They recently released Gigi Gaston’s 9 Bullets starring Lena Headey and Sam Worthington. 

 

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. 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. Screen Media also recently acquired 1091 Pictures. For more information, visit:www.screenmedia.net.

 

ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) (the “Company”) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services. The Company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad- supported VOD streaming services including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The Company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media and 1091 Pictures subsidiaries and produces original video content through the Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. 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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