Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced yesterday the acquisition of all US rights to Chad Faust’s feature directorial debut thriller GIRL. The film will premiere at Fantastic Fest later this week, followed by a day-and-date release in November.
Directed and written by Faust (“The 4400”), he also stars in the film alongside Bella Thorne (Infamous, Midnight Sun, Assassination Nation), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2, The Expendables), Glenn Gould (Charlie Zone, In Order of Disappearance, “Cardinal”), Lanette Ware (Taken, “The Wedding Planners”), and Elizabeth Saunders (“Alias Grace,” IT). The film was produced by Thomas Michael, Shayne Putzlocher, and Sara Shaak and executive produced by Jason Moring, Dave Duckett, Joe Ferraro, Jean Pierre Magro, Al Morrison, Lee Nelson, David Tish, and Screen Media’s Seth Needle and Conor McAdam.
In GIRL, a young woman (Bella Thorne) returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.
“Chad Faust wrote and directed a visceral and thrilling film that we’re excited for audiences to experience. Bella Thorne gives a raw and powerful performance and Mickey Rourke sizzles with menace and intrigue,” producer Thomas Michael said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to showcase Bella Thorne like you’ve never seen her before, and we know her fans are going to love watching her take charge, and take names. It is fitting that it will make its debut at this year’s FANTASTIC FEST, as we think it will be a favorite of genre fans everywhere,” Screen Media said in a statement.
The deal was negotiated by Needle, SVP Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Screen Media with Jason Moring, President and CEO, and Mark Padilla, SVP of Sales & Acquisitions, of Double Dutch International on behalf of the filmmakers.
The announcement follows on the heels of Screen Media’s acquisition of Jesse Quinones’ MMA action film Cagefighter, featuring Gina Gershon, Jon Moxley, and Chuck Liddell, also set for a fall 2020 release. In addition, Screen Media recently released Blackbird, the Roger Michell-helmed drama starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska in theaters and on-demand September 18. Rod Lurie’s feature film The Outpost, based on Jake Tapper’s New York Times Best Seller The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, has been one of the top films this summer across all platforms since its launch July 4th weekend. The company is in post-production on Willy’s Wonderland with Nicolas Cage.