Joe Anderson (Across the Universe) and Danny Glover star in Supremacy, a racially charged psychological thriller that Well Go USA has acquired with an eye toward an awards-season run. Pic is directed by Deon Taylor from Eric J. Adams’s script in a departure from his most recent feature, the 2009 horror Chain Letter. Supremacy follows a high-ranking white supremacist (Anderson) who murders a cop and hides out with his accomplice by taking a black family hostage. Glover plays the patriarch of the house, an ex-con who must rely on his wits and understanding of the racist mind to keep his family safe. Well Go is plotting a limited theatrical run in the fall.
EXCLUSIVE: Indie action and genre distributor Well Go USA has promoted a new executive duo to its top ranks as the company expands. Doris Pfardrescher will serve as Well Go’s CEO after serving the company for 20 years, most recently as President. In recent years the Texas, Taiwan, and China-based distributor has widened its original focus on Asian and martial arts films to include U.S. and foreign independent films, while launching production arm Caspian Media Capital. Aiding Pfardrescher at the helm of Well Go will be Dennis Walker who moves from VP of Finance and Operations to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Family-owned Well Go was previously helmed by outgoing CEO Annie Walker and CFO/COO Charlie Walker, who will still remain involved with the company. “Doris and Dennis have been working diligently to evolve the Well Go brand, in terms of high-quality films, brand recognition, and finding the correct ventures for future opportunities,” said Annie Walker. “They have consistently provided a bold level of strategic planning for our growth, while remaining committed to daily operational excellence, allowing us to expand into exciting new avenues for years to come.” Pfardrescher and Walker will focus on acquisitions, production, and global expansion following the Cannes acquisition of Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 3, Chinese action epic Kundo: Age …
Aussie Zak Hilditch‘s directorial debut These Final Hours has been acquired by Well Go USA Entertainment, which plans to platform release the dramatic thriller in NY and LA. Village Roadshow’s Roadshow Films is set to release the pic wide in Australia on July 31. Paradigm handled North American sales on behalf of Roadshow Films, which in addition to Australia and New Zealand also has U.S. and UK rights. Celluloid Nightmares is selling international at the Cannes market. The pic, which Hilditch also wrote, centers on a self-obsessed man who on his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. The relationship between the two ultimately leads him on the path to redemption. Nathan Phillips, Angourie Rice and Jessica De Gouw star. (Check out the trailer below.) Hilditch is repped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment and HLA Management Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has acquired North American rights to Child Of God, the James Franco-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. The film will be released in 10 cities August 1, and a VOD/DVD rollout will follow October 28. Franco wrote the script with Vince Jolivette. Jolivette, Franco’s Rabbit Bandini partner, produced with Caroline Aragorn.
Scott Haze stars as Lester Ballad, a dispossessed, violent man who tries to exist outside of the social order. Deprived of parents and housing, his loneliness and despair relegates him to the level of a cave dweller and he falls deeper into crime and degradation in a small town at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s. Can he retain any level of humanity as his isolation from society becomes more extreme? Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack and Franco also star.
“This film stands shoulder-to-shoulder with No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood for its unrelenting intensity,” said Well Go’s Doris Pfardrescher. “Scott Haze’s performance is exceptional. There are no words to describe it. It simply must be seen.”
Franco’s repped by CAA, and Haze by ICM and Thruline. Here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has partnered with film finance executive Gregory Chou to launch Caspian Media Capital, a new film fund that will finance and produce two to four indie films per year with budgets up to $20M. The venture will also seek out co-financing opportunities with studio partners for certain projects. The new partners hope to exploit a niche in the marketplace as studios continue to generate polarizing slates of low-cost genre and big-ticket tentpoles. There is a mid-range of films in between and makers of those films will find funding from Caspian Media Capital. Well Go USA is putting up the funds for the new venture.
The venture will allow Well Go USA to service its relationships with Asian filmmakers, intellectual property rights holders, as well as its Hollywood aspirations. Chou has extensive experience in Asia, and the hope is that the pieces in place will result in projects that bridge English-language and Asian fare and create co-production opportunities. Caspian Media will have headquarters in L.A., with offices in Texas and China. The managing partners of the fund will be Well Go USA President Doris Pfardrescher and Chou, the latter of whom most recently was COO of FilmEngine with prior stints at Sony, CAA and Paradigm, mostly in indie film packaging.
“Our vision is to grow globally and Caspian Media Capital allows us to do so by financing, …
Well Go USA has licensed all North American rights to Cavemen, the romantic comedy feature debut by director and writer Herschel Faber. It stars Pitch Perfect’s Skylar Astin and Alexis Knapp, and Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray, Kenny Wormald and Dayo Okeniyi. Traverse Media and Fascination Films are producing. Astin plays a lothario who, fed up with one-night-stands and empty relationships, tries to find true love in LA. Pic premiered at the Austin Film Festival and gets released February 7.
The cop drama McCanick had its world premiere Monday at Toronto and the indie drama is the final film of Cory Monteith, the Glee star who died in July of a drug overdose. Well Go USA has picked up all U.S. rights (theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television, digital/electronic) from Bleiberg Entertainment and the plan is to release the pic theatrically next year. Monteith plays Simon Weeks, a drug addicted criminal whose release from prison triggers paranoia and violence in narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse), who has a secret from his past that only Weeks can expose. Ciaran Hinds, Mike Vogel, Rachel Nichols, Trevor Morgan, Aaron Yoo, and Tracie Thoms co-star in the pic directed by Josh C. Waller and written by Daniel Noah. (Check out the trailer here.) The producers were repped in the deal by Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films with company president Doris Pfardrescher repping Well Go USA.
In a pre-emptive move prior to it’s World Premiere in Venice, Fortissimo Films has closed an all rights deal for North America with Well Go USA Entertainment, for the upcoming and highly anticipated RIGOR MORTIS; the debut feature from Hong Kong’s multi-talented celebrity, Juno Mak. A re-imagining of the popular 1970/80′s Chinese Vampire (Geung Si) genre, the filmwill have an early November rollout in Hong Kong followed by the rest of Asia. Co-produced by Japanese horror icon Takeshi Shimizu (JU-ON, THE GRUDGE), RIGOR MORTIS will receive its World Premier at the upcoming Venice Film Festival (Venice Days) followed by its presentation at Toronto’s Midnight Madness. Well Go is planning a multi-platform release in early 2014. The deal was negotiated between Fortissimo’s Executive Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions, Winnie Lau, and Well Go’s President, Doris Pfardrescher. The two companies have worked together in the past with Well Go previously acquiring Fortissimo’s 3-D features, TORMENTED and SHOCK LABYRINTH, as well as TOUCH OF THE LIGHT, Taiwan’s foreign language Oscar® entry of last year.
Arclight Films sold US distribution rights to new the feature thriller Mystery Road to Well Go USA. Gary Hamilton, Executive Producer of Mystery Road, said that the deal, which he described as ‘significant’ was negotiated at Cannes. Ivan Sen’s new feature film, Mystery Road stars Aaron Pedersen and a stunning ensemble cast which includes Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field, Robert Mammone and newcomer Trisha Whitton. Written and directed by Ivan Sen, the film is produced by David Jowsey. Sen is also director of photography, editor and composer of the film. Aaron Pedersen plays detective Jay Swan who returns home to an outback town to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl, whose body is found under the trucking route highway out of town. “Ivan Sen’s murder mystery feature has a great cast and its genre roots should deliver to audiences around the world.” producer David Jowsey said. The film will be released early next year.
Well Go USA Entertainment acquired all North American rights to Erik Matti’s On The Job, a Filipino crime action-thriller, ahead of its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight on Friday. The film is set for a fall 2013 theatrical release. Written by Matti and Michiko Yamamoto, On The Job was inspired by a real-life corruption scandal involving the temporary release of inmates so they could work as contract killers for crooked politicians. It stars many of the Philippines’ mainstream actors including Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Rayver Cruz, Shaina Magdayao, Empress Schuck, alongside vets such as Joel Torre, Angel Aquino, Vivian Velez, Joey Marquez, Leo Martinez, Michael de Mesa, Al Tantay and Niño Muhlach.
“On The Job reiterates that it is an exciting time for Filipino cinema,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President of Well Go USA Entertainment. Said Matti: “All the hard work and patience has paid off. After almost four years, we have finally seen this movie cross over internationally. And we are happy that our company, Reality Entertainment, is at the forefront of bringing Filipino movies to a wider, more competitive market thanks to XYZ and Well Go.” Pic was produced by Matti’s Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema. The deal was brokered between Pfardrescher and Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films.
PLANO, TX. (April 26, 2012) — Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired all North American rights (theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television, digital/electronic) to AND WHILE WE WERE HERE, Kat Coiro’s second collaboration with actress Kate Bosworth, following the 2012 comedy L!fe Happens. AND WHILE WE WERE HERE, which is inspired by a set of audio tapes Coiro (A Case of You) made of her late grandmother, premiered to great reviews at the 2012 Tribeca and Locarno Film Festivals, and will be released on Ultra VOD August 13 and in theaters September 13, 2013.
Hong Kong/Amsterdam (December 10, 2012) – Following its powerful release in Taiwan (US$2 million box office thru Warner Brothers), its numerous awards and a successful group of prestigious festival presentations including being the opening film of the just concluded 2012 Marrakesh International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortissimo Films that Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to TOUCH OF THE LIGHT, Taiwan’s official entry this year for the Academy Awards® foreign language category.
The film is presented by Wong Kar Wai and is a Block 2 and Sil Metropole Limited presentation of a Jet Tone Films and Sil-Metropole Organization Limited Production. Produced by Jacky Pang Yee-Wah and Cheung Hong-Tat, with Chan Ye-Cheng and Song Dai serving as Executive Producers. The film is the debut feature of award winning short filmmaker Chang Jung-Chi. Based on true events related to the life of Taiwan’s young, blind piano prodigy HUANG Yu-Hsiang (played by himself), the film is a story of inspiration, discovery and love. The film also stars Sandrine PINNA, and LEE Leih.
EXCLUSIVE: As Well Go USA Entertainment today opens the Stephen Fung-directed action film Tai Chi Zero on the specialty circult, the distributor has closed a deal for the film’s sequel, Tai Chi Hero. The deal is for North American rights for the film, which is the second in a trilogy. Tai Chi Hero will be released in the U.S. and Canada early next year.
Tai Chi Zero played both the Venice and Toronto film festivals this fall. Its mix of kung fu, steampunk and robots created some buzz and led to Well Go USA’s deal.
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN is an epic comedic and romantic journey centered on the life of Jonah (Ryan Kwanten) who is surviving on the profits of the infamous parties he hosts every weekend with his roommates. His life is nothing but huge nights, sex,friends, and very occasionally, sleep. When Jonah is hit with a health crisis and told that he’ll be infertile within a month, he undergoes a massive shift in priorities and suddenly transforms from a freewheeling party-boy into a young man with a burning desire to be a father. As he starts trawling back through all his ex-girlfriends, all his hook-ups, determined to convince one of them to throw caution in the wind and try for a child, he discovers that the perfect mother for his children may be closer than he thought.
Ryan Kwanten has 5 films in various stages of production in 2013 alone, not counting his series regular role on TRUE BLOOD, now in its 6th season.
Back in January, I wrote about Taiwanese audiences flocking to see You Are The Apple Of My Eye, a local pic Fox released to the tune of $13 million last year. Another local title I noted had scored with moviegoers was Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale, an action drama set during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. According to figures just released by the motion picture arm of the Government Information Office, those films, combined with Jump Ashin!, helped generate $48.2 million in 2011 to give Taiwanese films a 17.5% market share – an increase of 316% over the previous year. Even more eye-popping, it’s a more than 10,000% increase over 2001, when just 13 Taiwanese films were released. The hikes are being attributed in part to the maturation of the government funding scheme and a new breed of talent. Te-Sheng Wei directed and wrote Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale which Well Go USA is releasing this week. Giddens Ko wrote and directed comedy/drama You Are The Apple Of My Eye. Sports drama Jump Ashin! was directed by Yu-Hsien Lin from a script by Kuo-Kuang Wang. Taiwan also recently invested in Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi and Jackie Chan’s Zodiac.
Well Go USA has acquired North American TV, DVD, digital, and VOD rights to the South Korean war drama My Way from CJ Entertainment. The action film is directed by Kang Je-gyu, whose 2004 movie Tae Guk Gi: Brotherhood of War grossed more than $64 million in Korea alone. Well Go also bought from CJ all North American rights including theatrical to the 3D-animated actioner Tarbosaurus. The deals continue Well Go’s push to add to its library of word cinema; recently, the distributor acquired a pair of films from Japanese director Takashi Shimizu — Tormented and The Shock Labyrinth — as well as Hit so Hard, the documentary feature about Hole drummer Patty Schemel.
PLANO, TEXAS (August 29, 2011) — Well Go USA has preemptively acquired all North American distribution rights including theatrical, DVD, Digital, VOD and Television to the upcoming 3D horror thriller TORMENTED from Hong Kong/Netherlands-based Fortissimo Films. They have simultaneously also acquired all rights to the 2010 horror classic THE SHOCK LABYRINTH. Both films were directed by edgy auteur Takashi Shimizu, best known for the original 2002 Japanese hit The Grudge (Juon) and the 2003 sequel The Grudge 2 (Juon 2) as well as the US remakes of both films. The original film and the English language remakes grossed over $270 million worldwide.