Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

Byron Allen’s growing independent outfit Entertainment Studios picked up U.S. distribution rights for action-thiller “Boss Level.”

The film, starring Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo and Ken Jeong, cost $45 million and is slated for a 2019 wide theatrical release.

“Boss Level” is a co-production by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Written and directed by “The Grey” and “The A-Team” director Joe Carnahan, “Boss Level” has a “Groundhog Day,” “Edge of Tomorrow” vibe.

The film follows a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.

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“‘Boss Level’ is a powerful, action-packed, and highly-anticipated theatrical release,” Allen, head of Entertainment Studios said in a statement. “‘Boss Level’ combines non-stop action with an all-star cast, including Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson, and Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts.  We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”

Allen’s Entertainment Studios has made some noise in Hollywood, picking up theatrical rights to films other studios would otherwise relegate straight to DVD.

The studio bought what would go on to be 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, “47 Meters Down,” from the Weinstein Co. The film, starring Mandy Moore has grossed over $44 million to date. Most recently Entertainment Studios released the Kennedy mystery-thriller “Chappaquiddick.”

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Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller “Replicas” and an animated feature called “Animal Crackers,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

“Byron and I have been friends for over a decade, and my business partner, George Furla, has known Byron for over 30 years since their USC Film School days. We both believe Byron’s passion and taste are second to none,” producer Randall Emmett said in a statement. “The plan for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures to give ‘Boss Level’ a wide theatrical release gives our film and writer/director Joe Carnahan’s vision exactly what we had hoped for when we put this project together.”

The deal was negotiated by Entertainment Studios’ Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous, and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

Byron Allen’s growing independent outfit Entertainment Studios picked up U.S. distribution rights for action-thiller “Boss Level.”

The film, starring Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo and Ken Jeong, cost $45 million and is slated for a 2019 wide theatrical release.

“Boss Level” is a co-production by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Written and directed by “The Grey” and “The A-Team” director Joe Carnahan, “Boss Level” has a “Groundhog Day,” “Edge of Tomorrow” vibe.

The film follows a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.

“‘Boss Level’ is a powerful, action-packed, and highly-anticipated theatrical release,” Allen, head of Entertainment Studios said in a statement. “‘Boss Level’ combines non-stop action with an all-star cast, including Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson, and Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts.  We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”

Allen’s Entertainment Studios has made some noise in Hollywood, picking up theatrical rights to films other studios would otherwise relegate straight to DVD.

The studio bought what would go on to be 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, “47 Meters Down,” from the Weinstein Co. The film, starring Mandy Moore has grossed over $44 million to date. Most recently Entertainment Studios released the Kennedy mystery-thriller “Chappaquiddick.”

Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller “Replicas” and an animated feature called “Animal Crackers,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

“Byron and I have been friends for over a decade, and my business partner, George Furla, has known Byron for over 30 years since their USC Film School days. We both believe Byron’s passion and taste are second to none,” producer Randall Emmett said in a statement. “The plan for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures to give ‘Boss Level’ a wide theatrical release gives our film and writer/director Joe Carnahan’s vision exactly what we had hoped for when we put this project together.”

The deal was negotiated by Entertainment Studios’ Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous, and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Bags Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level’ For U.S. Bow

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has just acquired distribution rights to the $45M action/thriller Boss Level from writer/director Joe Carnahan. The film stars Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts. The film will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios last released the controversial Chappaquiddick.
The company acquired the film from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S…

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has just acquired distribution rights to the $45M action/thriller Boss Level from writer/director Joe Carnahan. The film stars Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts. The film will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios last released the controversial Chappaquiddick. The company acquired the film from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S…

Highland Boards Mel Gibson & Frank Grillo’s Action Drama ‘Boss Level’

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international rights to Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo action drama Boss Level.
The company, which is led by Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, is launching the Joe Carnahan-directed picture at Berlin and joins its EFM slate, which also includes Tye Sheridan’s The Night Clerk, Morgan Freeman’s The Manuscript and Margot Robbie’s Terminal.
The film follows a retired special forces veteran, played by Grillo, who is…

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international rights to Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo action drama Boss Level. The company, which is led by Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, is launching the Joe Carnahan-directed picture at Berlin and joins its EFM slate, which also includes Tye Sheridan's The Night Clerk, Morgan Freeman's The Manuscript and Margot Robbie's Terminal. The film follows a retired special forces veteran, played by Grillo, who is…

Fortitude International Heads ‘Into The Ashes’; First-Look Photo – Berlin

EXCLUSIVE: Nadine de Barros and Rob Ogden Barnum’s Fortitude International has come aboard world sales on thriller Into The Ashes. Written and directed by Aaron Harvey, the film stars Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes, James Badge Dale and Robert Taylor. Jamin O’Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. Sales kick off here at the EFM.
The picture is currently shooting in Alabama…

EXCLUSIVE: Nadine de Barros and Rob Ogden Barnum’s Fortitude International has come aboard world sales on thriller Into The Ashes. Written and directed by Aaron Harvey, the film stars Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes, James Badge Dale and Robert Taylor. Jamin O'Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. Sales kick off here at the EFM. The picture is currently shooting in Alabama…

Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes & Robert Taylor Set For Crime Thriller ‘Into The Ashes’

EXCLUSIVE: Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Longmire star Robert Taylor will star in Into the Ashes, a crime thriller written and to be directed by Aaron Harvey. They join James Badge Dale and David Cade in the pic, which is now set to begin shooting next week in Alabama.
Jamin O’Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty.
The pic centers on Nick (Grimes), an ex-con…

EXCLUSIVE: Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Longmire star Robert Taylor will star in Into the Ashes, a crime thriller written and to be directed by Aaron Harvey. They join James Badge Dale and David Cade in the pic, which is now set to begin shooting next week in Alabama. Jamin O'Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. The pic centers on Nick (Grimes), an ex-con…

#BuryYourGays: 11 LGBT TV Characters Killed Off in 2017, From ‘Kingdom’ to ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photos)

Nate (Nick Jonas), “Kingdom”: After finally coming out to his father (Frank Grillo) in the show’s penultimate episode, Nate is shot and killed after getting into a fight with a bouncer.

Martha (Laura Wilson), “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) and her lover are both put on trial for “gender treachery,” but only Martha is sentenced to execution by hanging for her homosexuality.

Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert), “The Blacklist”: Mr. Kaplan narrowly escaped death several times before, but the “Blacklist” villain took a dive off a bridge when cornered by police at the end of Season 4.

Mia (Ashley Greene), “Rogue”: Betrayed by her ex-girlfriend Sadie (Eve Harlow), Mia is shot in the back and left for dead after selling a stolen microchip for $10 million.

Eleanor (Hannah New), “Black Sails”: The former pirate ally was killed by a Spanish soldier during an invasion engineered by her husband, the British governor of the Bahamas (Luke Roberts).

Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), “The Walking Dead”: One-half of “TWD’s” last surviving gay couple, Eric took a shot to the gut in Season 8, dying in his partner’s arms.

Brett (Cody Saintgnue), “Teen Wolf”: Brett’s fluid sexuality was only briefly hinted at before the young werewolf was run down by a hunter’s car in Season 6.

Edward Drummond (Leo Suter), “Victoria”: Like his real-life counterpart, Edward died taking a bullet for his Prime Minister, but the ITV drama took some creative liberty by giving him a doomed gay romance with Lord Alfred Paget before his death.

Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose), “Power”: After the crooked cop takes Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) son hostage, she’s double-crossed and gunned down by Kanan (50 Cent).

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Nate (Nick Jonas), “Kingdom”: After finally coming out to his father (Frank Grillo) in the show’s penultimate episode, Nate is shot and killed after getting into a fight with a bouncer.

Martha (Laura Wilson), “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) and her lover are both put on trial for “gender treachery,” but only Martha is sentenced to execution by hanging for her homosexuality.

Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert), “The Blacklist”: Mr. Kaplan narrowly escaped death several times before, but the “Blacklist” villain took a dive off a bridge when cornered by police at the end of Season 4.

Mia (Ashley Greene), “Rogue”: Betrayed by her ex-girlfriend Sadie (Eve Harlow), Mia is shot in the back and left for dead after selling a stolen microchip for $10 million.

Eleanor (Hannah New), “Black Sails”: The former pirate ally was killed by a Spanish soldier during an invasion engineered by her husband, the British governor of the Bahamas (Luke Roberts).

Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), “The Walking Dead”: One-half of “TWD’s” last surviving gay couple, Eric took a shot to the gut in Season 8, dying in his partner’s arms.

Brett (Cody Saintgnue), “Teen Wolf”: Brett’s fluid sexuality was only briefly hinted at before the young werewolf was run down by a hunter’s car in Season 6.

Edward Drummond (Leo Suter), “Victoria”: Like his real-life counterpart, Edward died taking a bullet for his Prime Minister, but the ITV drama took some creative liberty by giving him a doomed gay romance with Lord Alfred Paget before his death.

Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose), “Power”: After the crooked cop takes Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) son hostage, she’s double-crossed and gunned down by Kanan (50 Cent).

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Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo In Talks For Joe Carnahan-Directed ‘Boss Level’

EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo are in talks to star in Boss Level, an action thriller that Joe Carnahan will direct next year. The premise: Every day, a retired special forces veteran (Grillo) is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Carnahan wrote the script.
The film will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark…

EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo are in talks to star in Boss Level, an action thriller that Joe Carnahan will direct next year. The premise: Every day, a retired special forces veteran (Grillo) is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Carnahan wrote the script. The film will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark…