Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired distribution rights to the $45M action-thriller Boss Level from writer-director Joe Carnahan. The film starrng Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios released the controversial Chappaquiddick on April 6.
The company acquired Boss Level from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop that results in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.
The film was financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis and is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian with Randall Emmett and George Furla; therefore, it is a co-production among Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Jules Daly is the exec producer.
In making the announcement, Allen said all the action and thriller elements come together with a great cast. “We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”
Allen’s ESMP has a multi-year output deal with Netflix and recently released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the Mandy Moore-Claire Holt shark thriller 47 Meters Down, which has taken in more than $44M to date. It also released the critically acclaimed Christian Bale western Hostiles. Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller Replicas and the John Krasinski-Emily Blunt animated feature Animal Crackers.
The deal was negotiated by Chris Charalambous who is ESMP’s head of acquisitions and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.