Paramount Home Media Distribution and Vertical Entertainment are partnering to distribute sci-fi thriller Approaching The Unknown, with plans for day and date release June 3, 2016. Vertical will handle all U.S. theatrical distribution, with Paramount Home Media covering digital and On Demand. Paramount is also handling U.S. ancillary platforms as well as worldwide distribution, excluding Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Middle East, and South Africa.
Starring Mark Strong, Approaching The Unknown follows astronaut William D. Stanaforth, sent on a one way solo mission as part of humanity’s first steps toward colonizing Mars. Watched by the entire world, he is completely alone, and when the trip takes a toll on the ship’s life support systems, he is forced to make impossible choices that threaten his sanity, mission and very existence. Luke Wilson, Sanaa Lathan, Anders Danielsen Lie, and Charles Baker also star. It’s written and directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award, and produced by Josh Penn, Matthew Parker, Thomas B. Fore, Jason Michael Berman, Mark Roberts, and P. Jennifer Dana. Richard Loughran, John Hinkson, Fred Bolle, Ross Jacobson, Sheldon Rabinowitz, and Edward Vaisman exec produce.
The deal was negotiated by Paramount Home Media Distribution, CAA and WME Global.