Fox Entertainment’s free ad-supported streaming service, Tubi, Dec. 14 announced a film distribution deal with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group to produce multiple films from Village Roadshow’s newly announced “Black Noir Cinema” initiative.
Upcoming feature films and Tubi Originals Cinnamon and Murder City will be produced by Village Roadshow, alongside NBA MVP and cross-over talent Kevin Garnett and his Content Cartel (“Uncut Gems”), and iconic director and producer Oz Scott (“Black Lightning,” “S.W.A.T.”).
Since its launch in 1986, Village Roadshow has produced more than 100 movies, including co-productions with Warner Bros. Pictures for “The Matrix,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Happy Feet” and “Oceans” franchises, The Lego Movie and Joker. Village Roadshow’s titles have achieved 34 No. 1 U.S. box office openings, 50 Oscar nominations, 19 wins and six Golden Globe Awards.
“Fox Entertainment has a longstanding history of diversity in the stories we tell and characters we showcase, and we’re honored to build on that legacy by welcoming independent film giant Village Roadshow to create this dynamic, new content for our growing Tubi audience,” Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “Collaborating with Village Roadshow; our friend and colleague, Steve Mosko; and talent of Kevin and Oz’s caliber further elevates Tubi’s expanding portfolio of premium original programming.”
One of the first original films from the deal, Cinnamon, follows a struggling small-town gas station attendant with big dreams, whose life is sent into a tailspin after a fatal crime in this intersecting crime thriller. The film is in pre-production with casting underway and is scheduled to begin shooting early next year in Atlanta.
Separately, Mike Colter (“Evil”), headlines Murder City, a contemporary crime story following a disgraced former cop who finds himself working for a ruthless female kingpin to pay off his estranged father’s debt and protect his family.
“As we continue to grow Tubi’s original content offerings, we remain focused on spotlighting emerging talent and celebrating fresh, authentic storytelling that reflects diverse experiences and perspectives to better serve our current audience, nearly half of which is comprised of viewers who self-identify as multicultural,” said Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer.