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 thriller The Locksmith from Arclight Films. Directed by Nicolas Harvard and starring Ryan Phillippe (Crash, Cruel Intentions), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns, 21), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible), the film is produced by Mark David and Roger Goff, coproduced by Brandon David and Gordon Rausser and executive produced by Daniel Cummings, Walter Josten, Chris LaMont, Joe Russo & Caleb Wilson. Nicolas Harvard, a veteran first assistant director, on award winning films including Hell or High Water and Whiplash, will be making his feature film debut with The Locksmith. The screenplay is written by John Glosser, Joe Russo and Chris LaMont, and Ben Kabialis, based on an original story by Blair Kroeber. Screen Media is planning a day-and-date, theatrical and on demand release later this year.
Miller (Ryan Phillippe), an ex-con recently released from prison for a bungled robbery, tries to walk a straight line and work his way back into the lives of his ex, Beth (Kate Bosworth), a police detective, and their young daughter. While Miller is doing his best to stay on the straight and narrow with the help of an old friend (Ving Rhames), he finds his past will not stay in the past, and he is forced to commit one last crime before he can truly walk away. Things once again go badly, and now not only his freedom, but also his daughter’s life, hang in the balance.
“It’s a real honor to have Screen Media get behind this film as a theatrical release,” said director Nicolas Harvard. “Having them as partners from the get-go gave us the confidence to compose our shots and scenes for a big screen audience. It’s exciting to know that people are going back to the multiplexes in droves. This film will not disappoint.”
“Director Nicolas Harvard has crafted a clever crime thriller that delivers what audiences want from a heist film and then goes above and beyond expectations,” said Screen Media in a statement. “Ryan Phillippe, Ving Rhames, and Kate Bosworth lead the film to surprising new heights, and we’re certain viewers will be locked in from the very beginning."
“We are thrilled to have the top-notch team at Screen Media come on board to distribute The Locksmith. They are the perfect partner to introduce this fantastic thriller to audiences in the U.S.,” added Arclight Films chairman Gary Hamilton.
The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, executive vice president of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, on behalf of Screen Media with Lina Marrone, executive vice president of International Sales at Arclight Films, who is handling worldwide distribution rights to The Locksmith.
Screen Media recently acquired 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 and Kevin Lewis’ follow up to Willy’s Wonderland, The Accursedstarring Mena Suvari. They will release Gigi Gaston’s 9 Bullets starring Lena Headey and Sam Worthington later this month.
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. 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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