Magnet Picks Up The Mutant Chronicles
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The Mutant Chronicles
We've been following Mutant Chronicles for a long time. The cast sounded great, the early posters looked incredibly cool and then the trailer looked somewhat campy. Not exactly a bad thing -- maybe this could even become a cult sci-fi hit. Magnet Releasing is showing faith, as the company has acquired the US distribution rights to the film and already has a theatrical release set.
Magnet to Distribute Mutant Chronicles
The Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Magnet Releasing (www.magnetreleasing.com) announced today that it has acquired US rights to the sci-fi/action epic, Mutant Chronicles. With an impressive ensemble cast, including Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki and John Malkovich, Mutant Chronicles boasts incredible special effects and riveting, action-packed battle sequences in a painstakingly crafted post-apocalyptic landscape. An Edward R. Pressman production directed by Simon Hunter and written by Philip Eisner, the film is long anticipated by fans of the Mutant Chronicles intellectual property, which is owned by Paradox Entertainment and based on a classic role-playing game that has already inspired card games, video games, novels, comic books and collectible miniatures. As part of the Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Ultra VOD program, Mutant Chronicles will premiere on VOD on Friday, March 27th, 2009, followed by a theatrical release in select cities on Friday, April 24th.
Mutant Chronicles is set in the year 2707, on an unrecognizable Earth where a war is raging between four giant corporations who control the planet as they battle over the planet's dwindling resources. This war is soon rendered irrelevant when an errant bomb shatters an ancient buried seal, releasing a horrific mutant army from its prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a squad of ragged soldiers, led by Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane), descends into the earth in a last ditch effort to destroy the mutants and save mankind.
“Mutant Chronicles is a blast,” said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles. “It’s an action-packed thriller with a dynamite cast and very impressive production values. We’re thrilled to add it to Magnet’s slate of quality genre pictures.”
“Simon Hunter is an exciting cinematic talent who has created a provocative world for Mutant Chronicles," said producer Edward R. Pressman. “I see in Simon the rare visionary quality that was evident to me when working with Sam Raimi, Alex Proyas, and Brian De Palma on their early films. Mutant Chronicles is just the beginning for him.”
Producers on the film, in addition to Pressman, include Tim Dennison, Peter La Terriere, Stephen Belafonte, and Pras Michel. Grosvenor Park and Isle of Man were the principal financiers. The deal was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia Senior Vice President Tom Quinn and Head of Business Affairs Jason Janego with Cinetic Media, who negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
The Mutant Chronicles arrives to theaters on April 24th.
For the trailer, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Mutunt Chronicles Movie Page.
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