Screen Media Picks Up Rights to Crime Thriller ‘Devil’s Peak’

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has acquired all North American rights to the upcoming crime thriller Devil’s Peak, starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Screen Media will release the film exclusively in theaters on Feb. 17, followed by a digital release on Feb. 24.

In addition to Academy Award winner Thornton (The Gray Man, Bad Santa), the film stars Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (Wonder Woman 1984, “House of Cards”), Hopper Penn (War Machine, The Cleaner) and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“The Watchmen”).

Set in the Appalachian Mountains, Devil’s Peak follows a family dominated by a crime lord (Thornton) who controls his family and his business with his fists. When his son (Penn) meets the girl of his dreams (Katelyn Nacon), desperately wanting to escape the life he is expected to lead and free himself from the clutches of his father, he is forced to go head to head with the terrifying man who will stop at nothing to ensure loyalty from all of those around him.

Devil’s Peak is directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love, Extinction) from a screenplay written by Robert Knott (Appaloosa), based on the novel Where All Light Tends to Go written by David Joy. 
 
“Working with a cast of this stature had always been a dream of mine,” said Young in a statement. “I wanted to get back to my roots and make a movie on location that would live or die by its performances. It’s movie-making in its purest form, driven by love and passion for the medium by all involved.”
 
“We’ve been big fans of the story since we first read it,” said David Fannon, chief acquisitions and distribution officer at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Devil’s Peak is the kind of original storytelling that Screen Media can’t wait to bring it to audiences worldwide.” 

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The film was produced by Wright, Griff Furst, Josh Kesselman, Robert Knott, and Jamie Hilton. Executive producers include Ford Corbett, Seth Needle, Conor McAdam, Maurice Fadida, Angela Meredith Furst, Landon Gorman, Amanda Morrison, Brandon Powers, Anthony Standberry and David Nagelberg.
 
The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, EVP of global acquisitions and co-productions, on behalf of Screen Media, with Griff Furst on behalf of the filmmakers.
 
Screen Media recently acquired Tom DeLonge’s directorial debut Monsters of California; Renny Harlin’s action film The Bricklayer, starring Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev, from Millennium Films; The Locksmith, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames; as well as the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay. Recent film releases include Poker Face, directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe; Kevin Lewis’ follow-up to Willy’s Wonderland, The Accursed, starring Alexis Knapp and Mena Suvari; The Enforcer, starring Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth; The Immaculate Room, starring Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth and Ashley Greene Khoury; The Nan Movie, starring Catherine Tate; Code Name Banshee, starring Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan; and the psychological horror film Monstrous, starring Christina Ricci.

Robin Wright Directorial Debut ‘Land’ Due on Digital April 27, Disc May 11

The drama Land, starring and directed by Robin Wright, will come out on digital April 27 and on Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From acclaimed actress Wright (Wonder Woman, “House of Cards”) comes her feature film directorial debut, the story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demian Bichir, The Hateful Eight, “Weeds”) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

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Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “Crafting Land,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss how shooting in such a beautiful but brutal location added unique challenges and a distinct authenticity; “Robin Wright: Feature Film Directorial Debut,” in which Wright reveals why this project stood out from the others she considered for her feature film directorial debut, and how directing the film gave her a unique perspective on what she needed to give as an actress; and “After the Trauma,” examining the mental process Edee goes through in the aftermath of tragedy, how her pain is relatable, and why this was the perfect time to tell such an uplifting story.

Paramount Celebrates ‘Forrest Gump’ 25th With Blu-ray, National Mall Screening

Paramount Home Entertainment is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump with a new Blu-ray release and screenings, including one at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Tom Hanks gives an Oscar-winning performance as Forrest, an everyman whose innocence comes to embody a generation. Alongside his mom (Sally Field), his best friend Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), his commanding officer Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), and his favorite girl Jenny (Robin Wright), Forrest has a ringside seat for the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Writing, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.

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To celebrate the anniversary, Paramount will host a special outdoor screening on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 24, at 8 p.m.  The free screening will take place between 10th and 12th Streets with spots on the lawn available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also available now for the 25th is a newly remastered version of the film in a two-disc Blu-ray.  The set includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as more than three hours of bonus content, including commentary by Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter; commentary by Wendy Finerman; “Musical Signposts to History,” with an introduction by Ben Fong-Torres; “Getting Past Impossible—Forrest Gump and the Visual Effects Revolution”; “Through the Ears of Forrest Gump—Sound Design”; “Building the World of Gump—Production Design”; “Seeing is Believing—The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump”; screen tests; trailers; and more.

June 23 and 25, the film will return to the big screen in more than 600 cinemas nationwide for two screenings each day via Fathom Events.  For information and tickets, visit www.FathomEvents.com.

Final Season of ‘House of Cards’ on Disc March 5

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release House of Cards: Season Six as a three-disc set on Blu-ray and DVD March 5.

The final season of the Netflix original series stars Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear.

The eight episodes deal with Claire Underwood (Wright) adjusting to the position of President of the United States by dealing with the death of her husband, Frank, while maneuvering to defeat her political enemies.

 

Netflix Releases Teaser Video Clip for ‘House of Cards’ Final Season

Netflix Sept. 5 released a brief trailer (19 seconds) for the pending (Nov. 2) final season of “House of Cards” that is noteworthy for what it reveals happened to lead character President Frank Underwood, played by disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

Frank’s wife, Claire, played by Robin Wright, assumes her husband’s role in the new season.

The critically-acclaimed Netflix original series was turned upside down when allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by Spacey decades ago and on the “Cards” set surfaced. Netflix shut down production of the show and subsequently fired Spacey.

Netflix Resumes ‘House of Cards’ Production; Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear Join Cast

Netflix Jan. 31 announced it has resumed production on the sixth and final (abbreviated) season of original series “House of Cards” in Baltimore following a forced three-month hiatus. The SVOD pioneer added Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to cast, playing siblings in yet undisclosed storylines.

Production on the show came to a standstill last October when lead actor Kevin Spacey was publicly accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor in the 1980s.

Subsequent revelations resulted in Netflix shutting down production, firing Spacey and shelving the actor’s biopic Gore, about writer Gore Vidal, among other projects. The actions contributed to Netflix reporting a $39 million write-down in its most-recent fiscal period.

“Cards,” along with “Orange Is the New Black,” helped put Netflix on the map creatively, winning myriad industry awards for Spacey as scheming politician Frank Underwood, and Robin Wright as his wife, Claire.

Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter contends the show can succeed despite likely losing viewers since the Spacey scandal broke and the storyline still being in the middle of its stride.

“My guess is that their audience going forward will be half as big as in the past” said Pachter.

The series is distributed at retail by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.