Thursday, February 13, 2014

X-Men Screenwriter Directs Werewolf Action-Thriller, "Wolves"



Ketchup Entertainment today announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to WOLVES, the directorial debut of screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen). The werewolf action-thriller, written by Hayter, stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Stephen McHattie (Immortals, Watchmen) and Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian).  The film is produced by Copperheart Entertainment’s Steve Hoban (Splice, Ginger Snaps), with makeup effects by Oscar-winning creature designers Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey (The Wolfman, X-Men: First Class).

WOLVES follows the story of Cayden Richards (Till) - a handsome eighteen year-old with a dark secret.  Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden finds himself turning into a savage wolf and is thrust between two warring clans of werewolves fighting for control of the ominous town of Lupine Ridge.

Ketchup CEO Gareth West stated “From the first time we saw Wolves, we knew audiences would be swept up in the exciting action and powerful storytelling. We are thrilled to be working with such a talented group of filmmakers and actors, and feel that Wolves is a great addition to the Ketchup slate.”

David Hayter said, "I am so pleased to partner with Ketchup Entertainment for the U.S. theatrical release of WOLVES.  My producers and I have worked for years to make WOLVES something special and unique, and I am confident that we have found committed partners who share that vision."

WOLVES was financed by Copperheart Entertainment, TF1 International and Telefilm Canada.  The cast also includes Merritt Patterson (“Ravenswood”) and John Pyper-Ferguson (“Burn Notice,” Drive).

The deal was negotiated by Ketchup Entertainment’s CEO Gareth West and Head of Acquisitions Stephen Stanley with UTA Independent Film Group and executive producer Benedict Carver on behalf of the filmmakers.  WOLVES is eyeing a Summer 2014 theatrical release.

About Ketchup Entertainment
Founded in 2008 by principals Gareth West, Artur Galstian, and Vahan Yepremeyan as a private equity and senior lending fund, Ketchup Entertainment launched a domestic distribution division in May of 2012 and is actively acquiring and distributing films across all media with direct outputs across various platforms including VOD, Netflix, DVD, Digital, television and theatrical.

Ketchup Entertainment is focused on working with established filmmakers and emerging talents. Recent acquisitions and releases include the upcoming comedy LOVE PUNCH starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, actioner VEHICLE 19 starring Paul Walker, the Hunger Games spoof THE STARVING GAMES, the Jeremy Lin documentary LINSANITY and the drama BIG SUR starring Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas.

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