New NFTs of Anthony Hopkins Feature ‘Zero Contact’ Available

Vuele has announced two mass consumer drops of the feature film NFT Zero Contact, offering two different choices of NFT bundles to collect and trade on the platform. 

Vuele.io will allow consumers to purchase the “Exclusive Edition” NFT bundle for $59 on Feb. 22 and  the “Collector’s Edition” NFT bundle for $25 on Feb. 28.

There are 2,500 bundles of the Zero Contact “Exclusive Edition” NFT, which includes the feature film, a making-of featurette, a signed poster, and three randomly generated character trading cards. There are 25,000 bundles of the Zero Contact “Collector’s Edition” NFT, which includes both the feature film and poster (not signed).

Vuele’s soft launch in September 2021 offered collectors eleven NFT drops through OpenSea, bringing in revenue of more than six figures, according to the company.

Launched in 2021, Vuele, created by Enderby Entertainment and CurrencyWorks Inc.,is the first direct-to-consumer, full-length feature film viewing and distribution platform delivering feature films and digital collectible entertainment content as NFTs. Users will be able to become owners of exclusive limited-edition film and collector NFT content which they can watch, collect, sell and trade on the Vuele.io platform.

“We are seeing a lot of areas in entertainment exploring uses for NFTs and Blockchain, with Vuele we’re focused on engaging a fan base in a new distribution model, not to compete with the existing model but as an alternative,” said the film’s producer-director Rick Dugdale, co-founder of Vuele and CEO of Enderby Entertainment. “This is a new revenue stream similar to the way streaming created one or further back when studios were taking back catalogue titles and creating DVD box sets with bonus features. NFTs offer the consumer that same type of exclusive access and collectibility.”

To purchase the Zero Contact NFT bundles, viewers can create their Vuele account on Vuele.io and purchase with a credit card or crypto currency by connecting their digital wallet.

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Produced in 17 different countries entirely virtually during the pandemic, Zero Contact follows five characters based all over the world, connected only by their devotion to the late founder and tech titan Finley Hart (Anthony Hopkins, The Father). They 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. 

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.”

CES Panel: Opportunity Abounds With Entertainment-Related NFTs

Some of the hot terms at CES 2022 are crypto, blockchain and NFTs (non-fungible tokens or one-of-a-kind digital assets).

In the entertainment space, NFTs are digital collectibles stored on a blockchain that can be everything from artwork to GIFs to social experiences to video content such as movies.

Speakers Jan. 5 on the “Creator Economy in the Context of Crypto” panel at CES discussed the opportunities in the space.

“From a Fox perspective, we see this as the future of media, a future form of content distribution,” said Scott Greenberg, CEO of Blockchain Creative Labs. The business and creative unit was launched last year by Fox Entertainment and its animation arm Bento Box Entertainment (“Bob’s Burgers,” “The Great North”) to provide content creators, IP owners and advertising partners end-to-end blockchain computer ecosystem solutions to build, launch, manage and sell NFT content and experiences, and fungible tokens, as well as digital goods and assets. Blockchain Creative Labs launched NFTs with Fox’s popular show “The Masked Singer.”

Scott Greenberg

“We’re also looking at launching TV shows this way,” he said, noting the upcoming launch of “Krapopolis,” created by Dan Harmon (“Rick and Morty”), will be the first ever animated series curated entirely on the blockchain. The series will have a dedicated marketplace that will curate and sell digital goods, ranging from NFTs of one-of-a-kind character and background art and GIFs to tokens that provide exclusive social experiences to engage and reward superfans.

Scott Zanghellini

Also on the panel was Scott Zanghellini, head of new revenue at WWE, which has partnered with Blockchain Creative Labs. Last April, WWE launched its first NFT with drops (releases of unique digital products) around its star The Undertaker. WWE followed up this summer with a drop for star John Cena. He noted that the WWE knows what its fans like via engagement at events, on social media, on YouTube and at other contact points.

“In terms of … putting out NFTs, we also know what the fan wants,” he said.

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Zanghellini said the WWE is looking to use its talent, its “super sauce,” to educate consumers who may not be as sophisticated or familiar with NFTs as early adopters.

“We can have the superstars of WWE explain to their fans, the way John Madden explained football … how to buy an NFT, how to engage, why it’s a value,” Greenberg added.

Blockchain Creative Labs is looking at a wide range of distribution models.

“We think there’s a huge opportunity for television shows and movies to be financed and distributed using Web 3 and the blockchain,” he said.