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EXCLUSIVE: MVD Entertainment Group has picked up the North American distribution rights to Max Reload and the Nether Blasters, a gaming action-adventure film written and directed by Scott Conditt and Jeremy Tremp. Jay and Silent Bob and Comic Book Men’s Kevin Smith stars alongside Tom Plumley Upright Citizen's Brigade alum, Hassie Harrison Tacoma FD, Joey Morgan Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Lukas Gage Euphoria, Joseph D. Reitman Money Monster, Charlie Talbert The Big Short, and Greg Grunberg Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. MVD will release the pic in theaters and on multiple VOD platforms this summer.
The plot follows a small town video game store clerk who must go from zero to hero after accidentally unleashing the forces of evil from a cursed Colecovision game… Max Jenkins’ gaming fantasies collide with reality when a legendary “lost” installment of the Nether Game series appears on the store counter of his workplace, Fallout Games. Unbeknownst to Max, the game bears a “Curse of The Ages”, and in playing it, he has just unlocked the Nether, an ancient malevolent force of evil from the cartridge, upon his small hometown. Along with a mysterious masked man and his two best friends, Liz and Reggie, Max must figure out how to beat the Nether at its own game before it’s game over for humanity.
Lin Shaye Insidious, Martin Kove Cobra Kai and Wil Wheaton The Big Bang Theory round out the cast. Producers are Tremp, Conditt, and Grunberg.
“After being in Star Wars I thought the next logical step would be to work with these master filmmakers in Phoenix, Arizona on an indie sci-fi comedy with a slant towards gaming, said Grunberg. “I need a new agent! I love this film so much and can't wait for the world to see it. And with the help of everyone at MVD the time is right to level up.”
Added Tremp and Conditt: “We are so stoked to finally be releasing Max Reload to audiences! It’s been a long and magical road making this film with some amazing people and it’s finally time to press PLAY!”
“We are thrilled to bring this unique action-adventure to audiences, and are especially excited to partner with Conditt & Tremp and the production team on the release,” remarked Eric D. Wilkinson of MVD Entertainment.
Wilkinson brokered the deal with Noor Ahmed of Reder & Feig LLP on behalf of the filmmakers and CineForge Media.
In this edition of Sequel Bits:Kal Penn is down for Harold & Kumar 4. Vin Diesel says an Oscar-winner will appear in F9. Kevin Smith is using this time of quarantine to finish the Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 scripts. Freddy vs Jason writers still want a sequel, and so do I. Jesse Eisenberg knows absolutely nothing about Now You See Me 3, so maybe don’t ask him about that.
Will there ever be a Harold and Kumar 4? If it were up to Kal Penn, the answer would be yes. Speaking with Variety, Penn said: “We would love to do a fourth movie. John Cho and I text about it all the time…Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg — who created and wrote all three movies in the franchise — we all would love to do one. I think we all, thankfully, have the blessing of being really busy right now and want to find the right venue and the right timing.” Penn added that if there were a fourth film, it would probably have to go right to streaming, “because people just love watching [these movies] in the comfort of their own home on a Friday night at 2 a.m., which is more streaming ‘binge-able’ than it is going to the theater.”
Vin Diesel is still out there Vin Dieselin’ – giving interviews where he teases things that may or may not be true. The latest: Diesel says an Oscar-winning actor is set to make a secret appearance in F9. When asked by ET what Oscar-winning actors he’d like to see join the franchise, Diesel replied: “There’s a big surprise coming. I can’t tell anyone, [But] it is so awesome.” Diesel wouldn’t say who he was hinting at, but merely added: “It’s a testament to the franchise, it’s a testament to all the work that everyone has done and it’s a testament to the integrity. As a thespian, as someone who started acting when I was 7 years old, it’s wonderful to dance with other acclaimed thespians and try to make magic.” F9 is set to open April 2, 2021.
Kevin Smith is making the most of this whole social distancing thing by finishing up his scripts for Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3. On Facebook, the filmmaker wrote: “Pulled on my @masters hoodie and climbed Snake Mountain yesterday. With everything shut down, there’s no excuse for me to not hike Runyon Canyon every day so long as I practice social distancing. And now that everything has been canceled for a month or two, I will have time to finish the Twilight of the Mallrats and Clerks 3 scripts. Hiking and writing: that’s my pandemic plan. Stay safe, my friends.” Smith has been talking about these movies off and on for the last few years, but now he might finally finish them.
I don’t know about you, but I love Freddy vs. Jason. It’s a very silly movie, but watching two...