XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the sci-fi action thriller The Scribbler, directed by John Suits and written by Daniel Schaffer, who wrote and illustrated the 2006 graphic novel on which the film is based. Arrow‘s Katie Cassidy stars as Suki, a woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” though, she’s haunted by a thought: What if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Imperiol and Billy Campbell co-star, and a fall 2014 release is planned. New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan Ken F. Levin of NightSky Productions produced, and Kerry Johnson as well as Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller of Caliber Media executive produce — the pic is the first of four films in a co-production deal between NAA and Caliber. The deal was negotiated by XLrator CEO Barry Gordon and Mike Radiloff and Traction Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
XLrator Media Acquires Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Scribbler’, Kino Lorber Lands Education Docu ‘The New Public’
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Exclusive Media has nabbed international rights to three new feature film titles: supernatural thriller Shomer, Gillian Greene’s Murder Of A Cat and Participant Media’s Out Of The Dark. Produced by Lawrence Bender, Lauren Selig and …
AFM Briefs: Spike Lee In Talks For ‘Spinning Gold’, Worldview Backing Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Candy Store’
UPDATE, 6:26 PM: Spike Lee is in early negotiations with producers to direct Spinning Gold, sources say. Foresight Unlimited is selling the the biopic about iconic 1970s record exec Neil Bogart internationally at AFM. Justin Timberlake has long been set to play the flamboyant Bogart in the biopic. Timberlake and Foresight CEO Mark Damon are producing with Laurence Mark and Boardwalk Entertainment’s Timothy Scott Bogart and Gary Randall. Joyce Bogart-Trabulus, Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe and Envision Entertainment’s Remington Chase, Stepan Martirosyan and Vitaly Grigoriants are EPS on the biopic. At market in Cannes earlier this year, Spinning Gold was acquired by SPWA in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Greece. U.S. rights are represented by CAA. Lee, who recently completed his latest film via Kickstarter funding, has the English-language remake of the Korean pic Oldboy out on November 27.
LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2013) – XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the political thriller THE CONSPIRACY, written and directed by Christopher MacBride and produced by Lee Kim. XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced the deal today. When two young filmmakers (played by Aaron Poole and Jim Gilbert) select a crazed conspiracy theorist as the subject of their new movie, they have no idea the terrifying peril they will put themselves in. When the man disappears without a trace, the filmmakers begin an obsessive quest to uncover the truth that will lead them to an ancient and dangerous secret society. A meticulously researched thriller based on real conspiracy theories, THE CONSPIRACY blurs the line between fact and fiction, news and propaganda.
Los Angeles, CA (May 30, 2013) – XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the film “CBGB,” a rock ‘n roll true story of the legendary New York City club that launched dozens of top bands and is known globally as the home of American Punk Rock music. “CBGB” tells the tale of the famed venue and its iconoclastic founder Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock). The release of the much-buzzed-about film is timed to take advantage of the huge CBGB Music Festival event this Fall and the current mainstream popularity of “PUNK” in the media, art and fashion. The announcement was made today by XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
The film will be released theatrically to coincide with the fast-growing CBGB Music Festival, which takes New York City by storm October 9-13, 2013 with over 500 bands performing on 175 stages across the city including Times Square and Brooklyn’s Barkley Center.
“CBGB” features an all-star cast, including Malin Akerman (The Numbers Station), Ashley Greene (Twilight franchise), Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter franchise), Justin Bartha (The Hangover franchise), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”), Donal Logue, Stana Katic (“Castle”), and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. With 16 on-camera musical performances, the film features over 60 classic songs by the Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The Police and The Dead Boys, among others.
XLrator Media is launching multiplatform labels Screamfest and Macabre to handle horror and genre movies in North America. The first films under the Screamfest banner will be zombie actioner Outpost: Black Sun and the Norwegian thriller Thale which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Macabre banner will debut with Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes and the vampire tale The Thompsons.
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OUTPOST: BLACK SUN — From the filmmaking team behind 2008’s OUTPOST comes the sequel. Pursuing a notorious Nazi war criminal in present-day Eastern Europe, a young woman uncovers a deadly army of zombie Nazi soldiers intent on the rise of the Fourth Reich.
THALE — Part of the new wave of Scandinavian horror-thrillers exemplified by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Let the Right One In, Norway’s THALE is a haunting tale based on a mythical character from Nordic folklore. Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she’s been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface.
BREAKING: XLrator Media has acquired U.S. rights to the Norwegian supernatural thriller Thale, which screens tonight in the Toronto Film Festival’s Vanguard section. The deal was sealed by the filmmakers and Barry Gordon, CEO of XLrator Media. The plan is to release early next year. Based on the stills from the film, featuring a hot naked woman with a tail, you can imagine this film will get attention and presents marketing opportunities.
Thale tells the story of a mythical “huldra,” a beautiful, tailed female forest creature, who is discovered in a concealed cellar by two crime scene cleaners. The creature is unable to speak so she can’t explain how she came to be there, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together. She has been kept down there for decades, for reasons which will soon emerge. Someone is approaching from the outside. They want her back. The film stars Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Morten Andresen, Sunniva Lien, Roland Åstrand.
LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2012) – XLrator Media has acquired all domestic rights to the military thriller ALLEGIANCE, starring Shad “Bow Wow” Moss (Madea’s Big Happy Family, Lottery Ticket), Seth Gabel (Fox’s Fringe), Aidan Quinn (Unknown), Malik Yoba (Why Did I Get Married Too?) and Pablo Schreiber (HBO’s The Wire). ALLEGIANCE marks the directorial debut of writer-director Michael Connors, a former Army Officer. The film will be released in theaters in January 2013. The deal was announced today by XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2012) – XLrator Media, LLC announced the launch of the “TURBO by XLrator” multi-platform releasing label to bring the world’s best action films to North American audiences. The label will comprise a broad array of domestic and internationally produced films within the action genre. The first 3 films set for release under the “TURBO by XLrator” label this year will be NAKED SOLDIER from Hong Kong, BLOOD MONEY which was filmed in Sydney, Hong Kong and Miami, and BRAWLER, a U.S. production shot in New Orleans.
Starring Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Evan Ross (ATL), Christian Serratos (Twilight series), J. Michael Trautmann and David Oyelowo (The Help, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), 96 MINUTES is told in an interlocking structure centering around four young lives which collide in a shocking and terrifying moment with an acutely uncertain outcome. With acclaimed performances by a multicultural cast, this richly complex moral tale touches on the issues of race, class, friendship and our connections to the past.