Solstice Studios has acquired the futuristic thriller MIND FALL, written by Academy Award-winner Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) with Cedric Jimenez (The Connection) signed on to direct.
MIND FALL, which will be produced by Studio 8’s Jeff Robinov, Guy Danella, and John Graham, marks the second project to come from Studio 8 and Solstice Studios’ strategic partnership, whose most recent film includes Robert Rodriguez’s action thriller Hypnotic starring Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck. Solstice will finance and distribute the film in the U.S. and handle international sales.
MIND FALL is a thriller set in the near future where illegal new technology allows specific memories to be removed from one person’s brain and inserted into another’s. The story follows one woman’s journey into the black market of memories, soon finding herself accused of murdering a man she has no recollection of knowing.
Jimenez is an acclaimed French film producer, film director, and screenwriter, best known for The Connection, the action crime thriller inspired by the events of the original 1970s French Connection, and which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival . His latest film, the forthcoming Bac Nord, is an ambitious thriller based on a true scandal involving three cops working in the tough neighborhoods of Marseille who were involved in drug trafficking. The film stars Gilles Lellouche and is scheduled to open late 2020.
Graham Moore is represented by CAA. Jimenez is represented by WME Entertainment.
STUDIO 8 is a filmmaker-driven company focused on building longstanding relationships with artists to better optimize the development, production, and distribution of both potential tentpoles and prestige pictures. STUDIO 8 partners with filmmakers and talent to make possible their unique creative vision and deliver that vision to audiences globally. Latest projects include Hypnotic, starring Ben Affleck and directed by Robert Rodriguez.
STUDIO 8 founder and CEO, Jeff Robinov, previously served as President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The studio develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis. Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range. It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 1-2 films per year for wide US distribution. The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.
Solstice’s first film, Unhinged, starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe winner will open theatrically July 1, 2020. The studio is targeting late summer/early fall for the start of production on Robert Rodriguez’s mind-bending action thriller, Hypnotic, starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck.
The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record and is expected to grow to 65 people. The company’s senior team includes President & CEO Mark Gill, Head of Production Lisa Ellzey, Co-Production Head Guy Botham, Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese, Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau, Head of Physical Production Dana Belcastro, Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams and Head of US Distribution Shari Hardison.