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Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming ad-supported video-on-demand networks, today announced that Screen Media has acquired all rights north- Americans on crime thriller 9 balls. Written and directed by Gigi Gaston (Rip it Off), 9 balls star Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)Sam Worthington (Avatar)Dean Scott Vazquez (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts), Cam Gigandet (The Magnificent Seven)La La Anthony (To be able to), Martin Sensmeier (Westworld), and Barbara Hershey (Black Swan). Screen Media is planning a day-and-date release in April. Foresight Unlimited, the international sales division of Screen Media, manages overseas sales for the picture and has successfully secured deals in many key international territories.
A showgirl (Lena Headey) risks everything when she saves a young boy after his family is murdered by his ex, the local crime boss (Sam Worthington). Now on the run, she desperately tries to get the boy back to her uncle’s home in South Dakota safely.
The film is produced by Cassian Elwes, Gary Pearl, Gigi Gaston, Tommy Thompson, Wendy Benge, Paul Robarts, Michael D. Jones, Veronica Radaelli and Jijo Reed. Executive producers are Peter Graham, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Seth Needle and David Nagelberg. The film is financed by 120dB Films.
“I am thrilled that Screen Media has taken this film under its wing,” director Gigi Gaston said in a statement. “Their impressive reputation with independents and their multiple affiliates will mean that this film about second chances can find a place in the hearts of viewers and give them hope that they too can have a second chance. The relationship between Lena Headey and Dean Scott Vazquez is like chicken soup for the soul.
“What drew me to the project was the passion of the filmmakers and the unique storyline,” said producer Paul Robarts. “What impressed me even more about the production and release was the level of performance of Lena Headey paired with an incredible young talent in Dean Scott Vazquez (In the heights and Transformers), who I believe is at the start of a fantastic young career.
“With the director’s eye of Gigi Gaston, this team of skilled veteran producers has produced a smart, thrilling and ultimately touching action thriller,” Screen Media said in a statement. “The film’s strong message of retribution and resurrection resonated deeply with us, as we are sure it will with audiences.”
Seth Needle, EVP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, brokered the deal with Jere Hausfater on behalf of the production.
Screen Media, Foresight Unlimited and Elwes previously collaborated on Lina Roessler’s “Best Sellers,” starring Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, which was released in September 2021.
Screen Media recently acquired Hurry Charlie, starring Pierce Brosnan and directed by Philip Noyce and set to be released Gold with Zac Efron this spring. Recent releases include Manny Perez Hi, At Casey Tebo’s black friday with Devon Sawa and Bruce Campbell, James Nunne’s A shot with Scott Adkins and Ryan Phillippe, and the documentary by Brent Wilson Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, which was recently shortlisted for Best Original Song by the Academy Awards.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR SOUL ENTERTAINMENT
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) (the “Company”) operates video-on-demand (VOD) streaming networks. The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks, including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The Company also acquires and distributes video content through its subsidiary Screen Media and produces original video content through Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the popular book series and produces premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand.
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