Vertical Entertainment has acquired Skylin3s, the third installment of the Skyline franchise, for North America, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa rights ahead of AFM. Series co-creator Liam O’Donnell returns to write and direct after helming 2017’s surprise hit sequel Beyond Skyline which Vertical also released. Producer Matthew Chausse returns alongside Colin and Greg Strause and O’Donnell to take the film franchise into its next chapter.
Lindsey Morgan (The 100) is back as Rose Corley from Beyond Skyline to star along with Jonathan Howard (Godzilla: King of Monsters), Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones), Rhona Mitra (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Daniel Bernhardt (John Wick) and James Cosmo (Chernobyl). Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films brokered the deal for the North American rights. Highland Film Group is handling international distribution rights with XYZ handling Chinese rights.
When a virus threatens to wipe out Earth, a super powered hybrid (Morgan) must lead a team of elite soldiers on a mission to the aliens’ world in order to save what’s left of humanity.
The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films and Phil Rymer at Tempest Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Skylin3s is produced by Matthew Chausse, Liam O’Donnell, Colin Strause, and Greg Strause. The film is produced by Ingenious Media, LipSync Productions, Mirabelle Pictures Productions, Artbox, and Fasten Films.
Morgan is repped by CAA, Luber Roklin Entertainment, and Status PR. Mitra is repped by Troika, Innovative, and Untitled Entertainment. Cosmo is repped by United Agents. O’Donnell is repped by Zero Gravity.
Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor that offers a unique combination of full-service marketing and sales services. Dedicated to providing highly-effective and collaborative solutions, Vertical leverages unparalleled relationships to maximize revenue across all streams. The marketing and sales expertise from Vertical’s seasoned team gives content partners a wealth of experience minus the studio costs.
Vertical won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for Molly Shannon’s role in Other People and the film won a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Film Limited Release” as well. Vertical also had four other Indie Spirit nominations – three more for Other People (Best Lead Actor for Jesse Plemons, and Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay for filmmaker Chris Kelly) and one for Best International Film for Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow. which was also the official UK submission for the 2017 Oscars, in addition to winning one BAFTA Award and three British Independent Film Awards as well.
For 20 years, Ingenious has been at the forefront of investing in the global creative economy and in that time has raised and deployed over $10 billion. Ingenious has been involved in the production of a diverse slate of films, including the award-winning Life of Pi, Avatar, Oscar-nominated Carol, Brooklyn and Selma, five films in the successful X-Men franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Judy starring Renée Zellweger, Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light, Bart Freundlich’s After the Wedding starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, and Benedict Andrews’ Against All Enemies starring Kristen Stewart and Jack O’Connell, as well as acclaimed television programmes such as The Fall, Dr. Foster and The Honourable Woman.
LIPSYNC Post is an internationally recognised post-house, providing post-production services to the film and television industry for over 30 years. Since 2008, LIPSYNC Productions has invested over 㿼 million in over 180 feature film and TV projects. Such recent projects include Minimata, Fisherman’s Friends, Colette, Out of Blue,Peterloo and Harlots. With regular festival appearances and over 200 major award nominations and wins, LIPSYNC has become one of the UK’s leading production partners.
By B. Alan Orange, MovieWeb