EXCLUSIVE: SC Films has already sold to Germany, France, Japan and other territories.
Lionsgate UK has taken all UK rights to thriller Tower Block from Simon Crowe’s SC Films.
Ronnie Thompson and James Nunn co-direct the film, which stars Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell, Ralph Brown and Russell Tovey.
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Other territorires sold include Germany (Universum), France (Swift), Japan (Nettai Museum), Korea (Apex), Greece (Odeon), Portugal (Zon Lusoumndo), and Middle East (ECS).
The story, written by James Moran (Cockneys Vs Zombies) is about twelve tenants trapped in a condemned building with a sniper.
Producers are The Tea Shop and Film Company (Cockneys Vs Zombies) and Suki Dulai (Screwed).
Ronnie Thompson said, “I instantly knew that Tower Block was something I could creatively work with. The script had potential to touch base on some tough social issues, whilst still being a fast paced thriller which would thoroughly entertain. I’m extremely proud of Tower Block and utterly delighted to be teaming up with Lionsgate again. Long may this partnership continue.”
Nicola Pearcey, Managing Director, Lionsgate Home Entertainment and New Media (which plans a summer release), added: “We are delighted to be working with Ronnie Thompson and the Tower Block team, following the success of Screwed. We cannot wait to show fans what Ronnie can bring to the screen in his directorial debut, combining a fantastic British cast and a captivating storyline.”
“The opening sequence is terrifying and all the performances are first rate. I believe Lionsgate will do very well with Tower Block,” said Simon Crowe, CEO, SC Films International.
SC’s Cannes slate includes A Liars Autobiography about Monty Python’s Graham Chapman; action genre title Cockneys Vs Zombies, ghost story When The Lights Went Out, and 3D animation Outback.