Announced today at the 69th annual Cannes International Film Festival, Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide, have financed and green lit a SIX (!) -picture production slate of sci-fi, action, genre and thriller films. Minds Eye Entertainment will distribute the films in North America, while VMI Worldwide will distribute the titles internationally. The six films will also be shot for the new Barco Escape three-screen, panoramic theatrical format, which fully surrounds audiences and offers the ultimate immersive cinema experience. Portions of the films will also be shot in Virtual Reality. Personally, I think this is great news, with a six-picture guarantee, meaning that we’ll be getting a fair amount of new and original genre films. I’m all for exciting and interesting horror and Sci-Fi flicks and this deal just proves that there is more than a market and interest for the types of films we all know and love.
Having made the announcement himself, Kevin Dewalt, CEO of Minds Eye Entertainment had a good amount to say regarding the newly formed deal:
“Minds Eye Entertainment’s strength has always been to deliver exceptional production value with a talented cast at managed costs,” said Dewalt. “It’s a natural progression for us to now finance and produce multiple pictures concurrently to manage budgets wisely without sacrificing first class crews and talented art departments across six films. I am delighted to partner with VMI led by Andre Relis and Bridgegate Pictures’ Guy Griffithe on this new venture.”
The first film under the newly formed deal is the sci-fi thriller THE RECALL written by Reggie Keyohara III (SEND IN THE CLOWNS) and Sam Acton King. When five friends vacation at a remote lake house, they expect nothing less than a good time, unaware that planet Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction.
On board to produce the 6-films under the deal are Kevin Dewalt (FORSAKEN, THE TALL MAN) and Danielle Masters (FORSAKEN, WOLFCOP) with Guy Griffithe (WTF: WORLD THUMBWRESTLING FEDERATION, SCHOOL SPIRITS), Andre Relis (WAR PIGS, THE PERFECT WEAPON) and Frank White (THE TALL MAN, FACES IN THE CROWD) serving as Executive Producers.
“We are honored to start this collaboration with such a prolific, accomplished producer as Kevin Dewalt,” said Andre Relis, president of VMI Worldwide. “We believe this partnership with Kevin, who has a proven track record working with respectable talent in a variety of commercial and independent films, will only strengthen VMI’s continued growth, while delivering attractive, talent-driven projects to the international marketplace. We are confident this partnership with Minds Eye Entertainment will bring great success to both companies.”
“We look forward to this exciting partnership,” said Bridgegate Pictures CEO Guy Griffithe. “The alliances we have formed will allow us to be at the forefront of some of the newest and greatest technology to give consumers a unique and captivating film experience.”
“We are excited to have Minds Eye Entertainment on board for this new slate of movies that will be created and distributed in Barco Escape,” says Barco Escape Chief Creative Officer Ted Schilowitz. “These films join our fast-growing slate of movies that will release in the new format, as filmmakers continue to explore the creative boundaries of the cinema experience through Barco Escape. We’re looking forward to bringing our exhibitor partners the kind of sci-fi, action adventure, and suspense movies through Minds Eye that we believe are a perfect fit for Escape and will appeal to audiences worldwide.”
We’ll give you fright fanatics more on the 6-picture slate announcement and plans, when more info is announced!