Morgan Spurlcok’s Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope will open theatrically in spring 2012 in conjunction with a multi-city tour following the joint acquisition.
The deal highlights the alliance between president and CEO Chris Ball of LA-based Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Joel Weinshanker, president and CEO of merchandising company the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA). The partners plan to release four to five films theatrically each year.
Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope will also screen at select fan gatherings and get an online presence through Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull, an ardent fanboy who produced the film.
Stan Lee and Joss Whedon present the film, which offers a peek behind the renowned Comic Con genre convention that takes place each summer in San Diego.
Spurlock produced with Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles and Tull. Spurlock and Chilnick wrote the screenplay.
Ball and Rene Cogan negotiated the deal for Wrekin Hill alongside Weinshanker for NECA and attorney Gary Hirsch representing both Wrekin Hill and NECA. CAA handled the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.