The LA-based production and distribution company has acquired rights to writer-director Donovan Marsh’s heist thriller. Wrekin Hill has set a spring day-and-date release in North America for the South Africa-set iNumber Number, which premiered at Toronto. S’dumo Mtshali stars an honest and ambitious undercover cop who is cheated by his corrupt supervisors. He decides to infiltrate a cash-in-transit heist gang, and instead of busting them, he takes part in a one-off score. He then must face off against his partner (Presley Chweneyagae), who refuses to let him do it, and one of the gang members who recognizes him as a cop. The film was produced by Quizzical Pictures’ Harriet Gavshon, JP Potgier, Marsh and Mariki Van Der Walt and executive produced by Nim Geva and Owen Kessel. Universal Pictures bought U.S. remake rights this week.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to Gabriele Salvatores’ Siberian Education. Based on the novel by Nicolai Lilin, with a screenplay by Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli and Salvatores, the film stars John Malkovich, Arnas Feravicius, Vilius Tumalavicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare, Jonas Trukanas and Vitalji Porsnev. Set in the ghetto of Soviet Russia, Siberian Education follows the path of two boys who are members of a gang of exiled Siberians. The best friends grow up together, mastering a unique education focused on illegal arts such as theft, banditry and weaponry. Their clan has its very own stringent code of honor, which, while criminal, sometimes actually coincides with what is generally considered ethical and moral. It is a code that must never be broken, no matter what. As the boys turn to men, everything they have come to know and learn is tested. The film’s produced by Catteya’s Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Satabilini, Marco Chimenz, and executive produced by Gina Gardini.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to the Bille August-directed thriller Night Train To Lisbon from K5 International. Pic is an adaptation of the Pascal Mercier novel starring Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Melanie Laurent, Martina Gedeck, August Deihl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Christopher Lee and Charlotte Rampling. It premiered at Berlin. The plot follows Swiss professor Raimund Gregorius (Irons), who meets a beautiful and mysterious young Portuguese woman in Berne. Through her, he learns of a mesmerizing book by Portuguese author Amadeu de Prado, which compels him to spontaneously abandon the boring life he has led and to embark on an enthralling adventure in Lisbon. The film has already been released successfully in several foreign territories including Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and in Germany, where the film’s German distributor Concorde has seen the film surpass the $5 million mark at the box office. K5 is handling international sales.
Wrekin Hill plans an early 2013 theatrical release in North America for Drift, which stars Sam Worthington, Myles Pollard, and Xavier Samuel. Inspired by the true story of the formation of such Australian surf lines as Quiksilver and Billabong, the Aussie-set story centers on two brothers who launch a backyard surf gear business but get caught up with a local drug dealer, threatening their family and their future. Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott directed O’Neill’s screenplay. Tim Duffy, Michele Bennett and Pollard produced the film for World Wide Mind Films. The deal was negotiated by Wrekin Hill president and CEO Chris Ball and Rene Cogan with Gregory Chambet at TF1 and executive producer Peter Lawson on behalf of the producers.
Wrekin Hill plans a fall 2012 day-and-date release in theaters and on VOD for Amber Alert, a found-footage thriller directed by Kerry Bellessa. Bellessa wrote the script with Joshua Oram. The plot revolves around best friends who stumble upon the car described in an Amber Alert while filming their audition video for a popular reality TV show. With police slow to respond, they fight to stop a possible child molester before it’s too late. Summer Bellessa, Chris Hill and Jasen Wade star. Kerry and Summer Bellessa produced with Trevor Engelson, and Oram and Nicholas Osborne exec produced. COO Rene Cogan and Chris Ball negotiated the deal for Wrekin Hill with Mark Ankner and Deborah McIntosh at WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2012) — Chris Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to writer-director Mark Webber’s drama THE END OF LOVE. Webber also produced the film and stars in it alongside Issac Love, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Amanda Seyfried, Aubrey Plaza, and Jocelin Donahue. Elizabeth Destro, Mollie Engelhart, and Matt Sprague also produced the project, which had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Wrekin Hill plans to release the film theatrically and on VOD day and date in Late Summer/Early Fall 2012.
Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment will go for a VOD first release after acquiring the John Stockwell-directed Halle Berry-Olivier Martinez action thriller Dark Tide. Wrekin Hill acquired U.S. rights with Row 1 Productions. Lionsgate will release the film on VOD, electronic sell-through and packaged media. Wrekin Hill will do theatrical. The distribution plan leads off with a three-week Ultra VOD window on March 8th with a theatrical release on March 30th, culminating in a packaged media and Digital Download release. “The star power that Halle Berry brings to Dark Tide paired with a genre that hits VOD audiences make it a perfect addition to our Ultra VOD strategy.” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to the Ben Palmer-directed The Inbetweeners, a film that has grossed $70 million in the UK since opening last August. Iain Morris and Damon Beesley penned the script for the film based on the British TV series. The film stars James Buckley, Blake Harrison, and Joe Thomas. Christopher Young produced and Channel 4′s Shane Allen is executive producer with Beesley and Morris. Wrekin Hill plans to release theatrically in the U.S. in late spring.
The pic has grossed over $10 million in Australia/New Zealand, and MTV is shooting an American version of the television series that was created by Morris and Beesley, who are exec producers and writers of the show. Pic is a raunchy teen comedy about four loser friends navigating their way through life armed only with their hormones. Step into a world of humiliation and awkward moments as Will, Jay, Simon and Neil go on their first vacation to Greece in search of high times and wild sex — with no parents, no teachers, no money, and little to no chance with the ladies. The deal was negotiated by Wrekin’s Chris Ball and Rene Cogan with Stuart Ford and Jonathan Deckter of IM Global on behalf of Channel 4 and the filmmakers. CAA repped the writers.
Zhang Yamou’s fact-based drama The Flowers Of War is China’s entry into Oscar’s foreign-language race and the nation’s most expensive movie ever at a budget of almost $100 million. Here’s an exclusive trailer for the pic, which centers on a man (Christian Bale) who finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan’s raid of Nanking in 1937. Wrekin Hill is releasing it in the U.S. and has set it for a qualifying run December 21 in New York and December 23 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, followed by a later bow nationwide.
Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2011) — Chris Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, and Joel Weinshanker, President and CEO of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), a movie merchandising powerhouse that has become an essential tastemaker for the all-important Fanboy culture, announced today that they have jointly acquired Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s fanboy documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV – A FAN’S HOPE. The film will be released theatrically in Spring 2012 in conjunction with a multi-city tour of the film with major events for film and merchandising fans across the nation. Additionally, as a supplement to Wrekin Hill and NECA’s plans, the film will screen at various fan gatherings and have an online presence via one of the film’s producers, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment.