Lionsgate’s Grindstone Acquires Non-NFT North American Distribution Rights to ‘Zero Contact’

Liongate’s Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired non-NFT (non-fungible token) North American distribution rights to Enderby Entertainment’s Zero Contact, a thriller released as the first NFT (non-fungible token) feature film for Vuele.

Grindstone will release the film in May after the NFT window.

Zero Contact follows five characters located all over the world, connected only by their devotion to the late founder and tech titan Finley Hart played by Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (The Father). The characters are forced to work together to shut down Hart’s most secret invention, a machine that is either the solution to mankind’s problems or the end of life on earth. The cast includes Aleks Paunovic (“Hawkeye”) Chris Brochu (Soul Surfer, Recon) and Rukiya Bernard  (“Yellowjackets”) and Adrian Holmes (“Bel-Air”). 

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Enderby Entertainment went into production in December on back-to-back sequels for the franchise, filming in Antarctica as the first Hollywood film ever to shoot on the continent. The production will continue to shoot in 13 countries around the world, including Bolivia, Peru, Sweden, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia and France. 

“We’re continuing to explore a new distribution model that includes an NFT window for feature films, and even more meaningful to partner once again with Lionsgate and Grindstone to release Zero Contact in this unique way,” said Enderby CEO and director Rick Dugdale in a statement. “After our launch on Vuele, we are continuing to break barriers with this franchise as we are the first production to film in Antarctica.”

Zero Contact is a mysterious, twisty thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the very end,” said Barry Brooker, president and CEO of Grindstone Entertainment Group, in a statement. “Featuring a powerhouse performance by Anthony Hopkins, we are confident that Zero Contact will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”

Lionsgate Renews Home Video Deal With Grindstone Entertainment

Lionsgate has extended a 12-year partnership with Grindstone Entertainment Group, entering new multiyear agreements with Grindstone CEO Barry Brooker and principal Stan Wertlieb, according to Ron Schwartz, president of worldwide home entertainment at Lionsgate.

The new agreement features a slate of upcoming movies, including actioner Force of Nature, starring Mel Gibson, Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth; thriller Rogue, starring Transformers’ Megan Fox; comedy Guest House, starring Pauly Shore, Aimee Teegarden, Mike Castle and Steve-O; and thriller Hair of the Dog, starring Gerard Butler.

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“This extension continues a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship for both our companies,” Schwartz said in a statement. “Barry and Stan are the best in the business and have built Grindstone into a home for great talent, exciting properties and a source of consistent profitability.”

Schwartz noted that, in addition to the upcoming slate, Grindstone has amassed a 500-title catalog of content during it partnership with Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

“Our relationships with producers, filmmakers and stars continues to drive our ability to distinguish ourselves as innovators in the current streaming environment, and we will continue to pivot to take advantage of the marketplace,” said Brooker and Wertlieb.

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Recent Grindstone successes include the last two installments of the Escape Plan franchise, Escape Plan 2: Hades and Escape Plan 3: The Extractors, starring Sylvester Stallone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Dave Bautista, and thriller, The Poison Rose, starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen and Brendan Fraser.