Vertical entertainment has received worldwide distribution rights for indie horror, The resort, by writer-director Taylor Chien and the executive produced by rapper Quavious “Quavo” Marshall of the Migos. With Bianca Haase (Whirlpool Time Machine 2), Brock O’Hurn (Tyler Perrys Boo! A Madea Halloween), Michael Vlamis (Roswell, New Mexico) and Michelle Randolph (5 years apart), the plot revolves around four friends, the Begib you to Hawaii to investigate reports of a haunted resort at an abandoned resort. It’s beautiful there, but they soon learn that you have to be careful about what you want. The image, which will be released in cinemas and on-demand April 30, was produced by Will Meldman, Sam Mobley, Justin Chien, Gary Goldman, Joe Homokay, James Penland and Sarai Rollins.
“Four Good Days” starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis, acquired by Vertical for US release
“The place itself was extremely creepy and essentially acts as the fifth character in the entire film,” said the writer-director. “With that eerie attitude as a starting point, I was determined to capture this cool atmosphere in front of the camera. I am confident that we succeeded and that we have something special for horror lovers of all kinds. “
“I’m very excited to be part of this project as I’ve always been a huge fan of horror films,” commented Quavo. “It was a great honor to be on set with the cast in LA, and after seeing a screening, all I can say is that we are definitely causing some horror in this film.”
Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical with Will Meldman, founder and CEO of Double Down Pictures, on behalf of the filmmakers.
Vertical has also secured the rights to Murderers among us, an indie crime thriller from first-time screenwriter and director Charles Scharfman. Set for April 16, the picture follows a young police officer who works with a veteran detective to save the life of a student from a radicalized serial killer.
Starring Yasha Jackson (The Flight Attendant), Andrew Richardson (Martin Eden), Bruce MacVittie (When They See Us) and Imani Lewis (The Forty Year Old Version). The film, co-written by Daniel Lichtenberg, was produced by Dan Clifton and Bernard Hunt.
Scharfman said, “I made this film as a crime-genreed reflection of the polarized and complicated political climate we currently live in, and that is even more relevant today than it was when we made it.”
Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical with Dan Clifton of Top Right Corner on behalf of the filmmakers.
Gravitas Ventures secured the North American distribution rights The man in the hat, an indie comedy starring Ciaran Hinds (Justice League), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Maïwenn (Polisse). The film, written and directed by John-Paul Davidson and Stephen Warbeck, travels through France in a Fiat 500, accompanied by a framed photo of an unknown woman. He is followed by five angry men in a Citroen Dyane. Why are they chasing him and how can he shake them off? Gravitas will release the film in theaters and on demand on May 14th.
“The man in the hat is a hopeful caper who values the joy of the mundane and extraordinary little things in life. Our adventure revels in the friendliness of strangers and the music and poetry of chance encounters,” said Davidson.
“Working on The Man in the Hat gave me the opportunity to explore all sorts of musical worlds that I hope will provide audiences with a joyful escape from all of the challenges of the past year. It is really an honor to be able to share this film with an international audience now, ”remarked Warbeck.
Brett Rogalsky, Gravitas Manager of Acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Spencer Pollard and Daniel Cooper of Kaleidoscope