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…

Ken Jeong & Mathilde Ollivier Join Mel Gibson In ‘Boss Level’ Thriller

EXCLUSIVE: The Hangover actor Ken Jeong and newcomer Mathilde Ollivier are set to play opposite Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, and Naomi Watts in Boss Level, the Emmett/Furla Oasis Films’ action thriller written and directed by Joe Carnahan.
The pic centers on retired Special Forces veteran, Roy (Grillo), who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death and must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Jeong will play Chef Jake who runs the restaurant where Roy…

EXCLUSIVE: The Hangover actor Ken Jeong and newcomer Mathilde Ollivier are set to play opposite Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, and Naomi Watts in Boss Level, the Emmett/Furla Oasis Films’ action thriller written and directed by Joe Carnahan. The pic centers on retired Special Forces veteran, Roy (Grillo), who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death and must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Jeong will play Chef Jake who runs the restaurant where Roy…

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell Join ‘Goosebumps 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell are joining the ensemble of “Goosebumps 2,” sources tell Variety. They join the previously announced cast of Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris and Jeremy Ray Taylor, who are set to star. Ari Sandel is developing the project, which is one of multiple iterations based on the dozens […]

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell are joining the ensemble of “Goosebumps 2,” sources tell Variety. They join the previously announced cast of Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris and Jeremy Ray Taylor, who are set to star. Ari Sandel is developing the project, which is one of multiple iterations based on the dozens […]

Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Adds Ken Jeong & David Alan Grier

Fox has unwrapped more castings for A Christmas Story Live!, its live production of the classic Midwestern holiday tale, which airs December 17. Ken Jeong and David Alan Grier have joined the company, along with L.A. boy band PrettyMuch.
The Dr. Ken alum will take a pair of roles: a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner. Grier, who played the Cowardly Lion in NBC’s 2015 production of The Wiz Live!, will don the red suit to play Santa Claus. The PrettyMuch lads…

Fox has unwrapped more castings for A Christmas Story Live!, its live production of the classic Midwestern holiday tale, which airs December 17. Ken Jeong and David Alan Grier have joined the company, along with L.A. boy band PrettyMuch. The Dr. Ken alum will take a pair of roles: a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner. Grier, who played the Cowardly Lion in NBC’s 2015 production of The Wiz Live!, will don the red suit to play Santa Claus. The PrettyMuch lads…

World Series 2017: Ken Jeong Wins as Hollywood’s Biggest Dodgers Fan

Being L.A.’s baseball team, the Dodgers have plenty of celebrities rooting for them in the World Series, including Bryan Cranston and Ice Cube. But the title of most excited Dodgers fan has to go to Ken Jeong, who got to kick off the Fall Classic on Tuesday in a big way.

Before the first pitch, Jeong walked across the roof of the Dodgers dugout, waving a giant team flag to get the sold-out crowd at Dodger Stadium pumped up alongside Rob Lowe and George Lopez. The Dodgers won Game 1 over the Houston Astros 3-1, thanks to home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner and a dominant pitching performance by Clayton Kershaw.

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Check out Jeong going into fan mode in the pics below.

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– Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) October 25, 2017

.@kenjeong was out getting the crowd pumped for Dodgers-Astros tonight. pic.twitter.com/bUCm4RGzus

– Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonSBN) October 25, 2017

Congrats to @kikehndez!!!! #TheGoods pic.twitter.com/SxCYUcYFTg

– Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) October 20, 2017

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Before the first pitch, Jeong walked across the roof of the Dodgers dugout, waving a giant team flag to get the sold-out crowd at Dodger Stadium pumped up alongside Rob Lowe and George Lopez. The Dodgers won Game 1 over the Houston Astros 3-1, thanks to home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner and a dominant pitching performance by Clayton Kershaw.

Check out Jeong going into fan mode in the pics below.

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Chester Bennington & Linkin Park Do ‘Carpool Karaoke’ With Ken Jeong: Watch The Full Episode

The episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke series that Linkin Park taped less than a week before singer Chester Bennington’s death has hit the web, and let’s just say Ken Jeong is stoked to be a part of it.
The former Dr. Ken star joins the group’s Bennington — who’s at the wheel — Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn for a spirited singalongs to OutKast’s “Hey Ya,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” Linkin Park’s 2003 hit “Numb” and more. All this after an funny if…

The episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke series that Linkin Park taped less than a week before singer Chester Bennington’s death has hit the web, and let’s just say Ken Jeong is stoked to be a part of it. The former Dr. Ken star joins the group’s Bennington — who’s at the wheel — Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn for a spirited singalongs to OutKast’s “Hey Ya,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” Linkin Park’s 2003 hit “Numb” and more. All this after an funny if…