STX Entertainment will partner with independent game developer Starbreeze to integrate a character from the first-person action film Hardcore Henry into Starbreeze’s popular game Payday 2. The Hardcore Henry promo began March 24 with the availability of a Jimmy character pack and a special online trailer directed by Hardcore Henry filmmaker Ilya Naishuller. The integration kicks into full gear March 31 when Starbreeze and STX release two new Hardcore Heists, with immersive interplay between the game and the movie (starring Sharlton Copley) which premiered at SXSW and opens April 8. Both content additions will be available for Payday 2 players through Steam and other digital distribution channels. For a limited time, customers purchasing Hardcore Henry movie tickets via Fandango or Movietickets.com will receive a code for a free download of Payday 2 and the Hardcore DLCs.
Emerging Pictures will release A Light Beneath Their Feet in select theatrical North American markets on May 6, leading into Mother’s Day weekend. The film, directed by Valerie Weiss from an original screenplay by Moira McMahon, stars Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black) as a mother wrestling with bipolar disorder. Also starring are Madison Davenport, Kurt Fuller, Nora Dunn, Kali Hawk, Maddie Hasson and Carter Jenkins. “A Light Beneath Their Feet is one of those rare opportunities to work on a project that is both entertaining and has an important message,” said Ryan Nadel, Executive VP of Emerging Pictures. “We are so excited to bring Emerging’s dynamic programming and distribution methods to this release.” Jeffrey Loeb and Robert Johnson of phd Productions produce, with Valerie Weis and Moira McMahon as executive producers.