Screen Media Acquires Casper Van Dien’s Sci-Fi Action Series ‘Salvage Marines’

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Screen Media subsidiary June 7 announced the acquisition of North American distribution rights to “Salvage Marines,” the science-fiction action series starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow). The series will be released on the Crackle Plus streaming services as a Crackle and Popcornflix Original in July.

No word whether the series will also stream on Redbox Digital, which Chicken Soup for the Soul is acquiring.

The dystopian futuristic series follows Samuel (Van Dien), who works as a factory laborer on planet Baen 6. When he learns his wife is pregnant, he does the only thing he can to ensure his child will avoid the same societal debt he has — enlist in the planet’s military ranks as a salvage marine. Armand Assante (Judge Dredd, American Gangster) and Peter Shinkoda (The Predator, Midway) also star.

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The series is directed by Shaun Paul Piccinino (Deadliest Warrior), co-written by Sean-Michael Argo and Rafael Jordan, and produced by Philippe Martinez for MSR Media, Jake Seal and Jamie R Thompson for Orwo Studios, and Terry Bird from Black Hangar Studios with MSR Media Karinne Behr and Lee Beasley acting as executive producers. Production financing for the series was provided by Sherborne Media, with Alastair Burlingham, Gary Raskin, Charlie Dombek and Elizabeth Primm serving as executive producers.

Crackle Plus’ recent releases include the exclusive scripted series “Les Norton,” which stars Alexander Bertram and Rebel Wilson, “Tia Mowery’s Comfort Kitchen,” the suspense thriller Blast and Inside the Black Box, and the award-winning BBC series “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They also recently announced season three of the award-winning Ashton Kutcher-produced series “Going From Broke.”