Screen Media Levels Up with Forgotten Roger Corman Sundance Sensation Virtually Heroes

New York, N.Y.

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the acquisition of North American distribution rights to the Roger Corman produced action comedy Virtually Heroes. Screen Media is planning a limited theatrical and digital release for the film this December and has partnered with corporate sibling Popcornflix, a Crackle Plus platform, to premiere the movie to streaming audiences in February 2023. 

 

An Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film is directed and produced by GJ Echternkamp (Frank and Cindy, The Car: Road to Revenge) and stars Robert Baker (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Out of Time),Brent Chase (Shameless, I Am the Night), Katie Savoy (How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: New Orleans) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars). The film is executive produced by Roger Corman (Frankenstein Unbound, The Wild Angels).

 

Two self-aware characters in a Call of Duty-inspired video game battle endless enemies and their own existential crises. With the help of Mark Hamill's Yoda-like monk, they attempt to win the game and get the girl. 

 

“We’re thrilled to bring this lost Corman project to our audiences,” said Screen Media in a statement. “The film is a perfect blend of action and campy, tongue-in-cheek comedy, and will be sure to delight viewers – whether this is their first foray into the world of Roger Corman or fiftieth.”

 

“Virtually Heroes was an ambitious project in many ways, and not exactly what you would call a conventional film,” said GJ Echternkamp. “I'm so glad that Screen Media is at last bringing this cult movie out of the shadows and onto their platform to be discovered by a new audience.”

 

The deal was negotiated by Brendan Murray, senior manager of digital acquisitions, on behalf of Screen Media with New Horizons Picture Corporation.

 

Screen Media recently acquired Renny Harlin’s action film The Bricklayer starring Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev from Millennium Films, as well as The Locksmith starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames. Additional recent acquisitions include worldwide rights to the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare also starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay, Kevin Lewis’ follow-up to Willy’s Wonderland, The Accursed starring Alexis Knapp and Mena Suvari, The Enforcerstarring Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth as well as The Immaculate Room starring Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth and Ashley Greene Khoury. Recent film releases include The Nan Movie starring Catherine Tate, Code Name Banshee starring Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan, The Good Neighbor starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the psychological horror film Monstrous starring Christina Ricci. 

 

ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES LLC 

Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, is a leading independent distributor of feature films, television series and documentaries in North America and supplies high-quality content to the global market through its foreign sales division. The company is the main supplier of content to the Crackle Plus streaming services, as well as to third-party streaming platforms. With its recent acquisitions of 1091 Pictures and the Sonar Entertainment library assets, Screen Media continues to expand its library of nearly 7,000 television series and motion pictures. Screen Media’s diverse slate of titles includes critically acclaimed and audience favorites: The Outpost starring Scott Eastwood, Willy’s Wonderland starring Academy Award® Winner Nicolas Cage, groundbreaking documentaries such as The Phenomenon and Grammy-Award Winner Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, and indie film hits including Academy Award® Winner Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. 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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