Alchemy has acquired all North American rights to revered horror auteur Rob Zombie’s 31, starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lew Temple, Meg Foster, and Malcolm McDowell. The film is currently in production in Los Angeles. The announcement was made today by Alchemy CEO Bill Lee.
“It goes without saying that Rob Zombie is a true artist and master filmmaker at the height of his game,” said Bill Lee. “With 31 he’s creating yet another terrifyingly immersive and twisted world that will delight audiences. Alchemy’s mission is to connect exceptional storytellers with existing and new fans, and we look forward to doing so with Rob’s latest work.”
“I am thrilled to work with a company sharing the same vision for my film 31 as I have,” said Zombie. “Alchemy has committed to bringing the most intense experience possible to the screen.”
From the brilliant mind of horror master Rob Zombie comes his most nerve-shredding, high concept experience yet, in which five unwitting friends are plucked from their lives and plunged into a terrifying game of death.
In addition to writing and directing 31, Zombie also produced the film with Andy Gould, Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Eddie Vaisman and Mike Elliott. Mike Goodridge, Buddy Patrick, Robert Ogden Barnum and Kevin Frakes serve as executive producers.
Alchemy VP of Acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Bow and Arrow Entertainment and Spectacle Entertainment Group are producing the picture alongside Protagonist Pictures, who are additionally handling international sales.
Zombie is represented by UTA, manager Andy Gould and attorney David Fox.
Alchemy most recently acquired the timely documentary ROLLING PAPERS and riotous action-comedy MOONWALKERS at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
Today’s acquisition follows the recent rebrand of Millennium Entertainment as Alchemy, a name that embodies the company’s goals of uniting storytellers and their audiences in one dynamic community as well as the belief that conventional distribution strategies must evolve to represent the future of screen-based storytelling—wherever that screen may be.
Additional executive producers on 31 also include Robert "Corpsy" Rhine, Bradley Curneal,Blayne Fender, Brain Slagel, Eric Thirteen, and Chris "Woody" McElroy.
Alchemy is a leading independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. Under CEO Bill Lee’s direction, the company has distributed the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, JohnTurturro, Lee Daniels, Oren Moverman and James Cameron. Recent successes include ELSA & FRED, FADING GIGOLO, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, RAMPART, and BERNIE.
Alchemy boasts the independent industry’s pre-eminent end-to-end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution of content to major retailers. The company has the largest footprint of any independent supplier to bricks and mortar businesses, and is one of only two independent aggregators for Target, where Alchemy represents 75% of all independent titles sold. It is also the leading supplier to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and VOD.
The company owns a catalog of 665 film titles and has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles and programming for clients including PBS Distribution, nCircle, Phase 4 Films, Magnolia, MPI Media Group, Well Go, Music Box Films, Inception, and Hammer Horror, among many others.
ABOUT BOW AND ARROW ENTERTAINMENT
Bow and Arrow is an entertainment company designed with the current state of media in mind. The company has gained recognition by producing award winning documentary and narrative feature films and working with brands to develop thought provoking digital content. Bow and Arrow strives to work with emerging filmmakers in an effort to bring new voices to the medium of film.
Current films include 2015 Berlinale and SXSW entry ONE AND TWO, from director AndrewDroz Palermo; SHANGRI-LA SUITE from director Eddie O’Keefe; GRASS STAINS from director Kyle Wilamowski; KICKS, from filmmaker Justin Tipping; CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER from director Brady Corbet; Rob Zombie’s newest film 31; MALFUNCTIONS AND COINCIDENCES from writer/director Michael Angarano; OG, a documentary on NYC skateboarding legend, Harry Jumonji, from director Erica Hill and MARVEL 75 YEARS: FROM PULP TO POP documenting the 75 year history of the legendary comic book company.
Bow and Arrow partners are Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman.
ABOUT PROTAGONIST PICTURES
Commercially minded and creatively spirited, Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company committed to strong relationships with film-makers, financiers and distributors. Launched in London in 2008 by shareholders including Film4, Vertigo Films and Ingenious Media, the company quickly created a strong brand as a home for bold stories and exciting new directing voices. It has now expanded from its UK origins to handle titles from around the world, with a wider range of directors, producers and budgets.
Protagonist’s current slate includes Sundance award-winners Ariel Kleiman’s debut feature Partisan starring Vincent Cassel; Louise Osmond’s life-affirming documentary Dark Horse; Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy; James Kent's Testament Of Youth with Alicia Vikander, produced by Heyday Films; Yann Demange’s ’71; and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, featuring Colin Farrell, Rachael Weisz, Ben Whishaw, John C Reilly and Lea Seydoux, which is in post production. Just completed shooting are Rebecca Miller’s romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan with Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke, Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship with Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, and Brady Corbet’s feature debut The Childhood Of A Leader, starring Berenice Bejo and Robert Pattinson. The new Ben Wheatley thriller Free Fire, will begin shooting shortly, as will Andrea Arnold’s first US project American Honey.
ABOUT ROB ZOMBIE
As a rock n' roll icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has a reputation for stretching the boundaries of both music and film. Zombie is the only artists to experience unprecedented success in both arenas, having sold more than 17-million albums worldwide, been nominated for 7 Grammys, and written/directed six feature films with a worldwide gross of over $150 million. Zombie turned heads when he produced his controversial and critically acclaimed The Devil’s Rejects (Lionsgate), and again when he re-imagined John Carpenter’s classic Halloween(Weinstein) in 2007, which still holds the record for Labor Day weekend box office revenues. More recently, he crafted the psychological thriller, The Lords of Salem that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Zombie also maintains a successful worldwide touring business and produces an ever-expanding annual Halloween haunted house attraction called Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare.
ABOUT SPECTACLE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Spectacle Entertainment Group is the company of manager and producer Andy Gould. After decades of extraordinary work managing the careers of iconic music artists, Gould began producing excellent genre films by virtue of an indomitable partnership with Rob Zombie. Gouldhas produced all six of Zombie’s films, including the controversial and critically acclaimed The Devil’s Rejects and his re-imagining of the horror classic Halloween, which still holds the record for Labor Day weekend box office revenues. More recently, he produced the psychological thriller, The Lords of Salem that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Gould remains a major player in the music industry. Beyond his music partnership with Zombie that yielded over 17-million in sales and 7 Grammy nominations, he’s managed or co-managed such acts as Pantera, Linkin Park, Lionel Richie, and Guns N’ Roses. He also operates his own record label, in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises called T-Boy Records, which signed such acts as Megadeth and POD.