HIGHLAND FILM GROUP to sell Worldwide Rights to SCOTT MANN’S Action Thriller FINAL SCORE
Signature Entertainment and The Fyzz Facility Production to Lens at London’s Iconic Upton Park Stadium
Highland Film Group (HFG) announced today that they will sell the international rights to Final Score, with Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament) attached to direct. The action-packed thriller, which is penned by The Brothers Lynch, will be filmed at West Ham United’s world renowned Upton Park Stadium in London. Signature’s Marc Goldberg will produce with The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, Bone Tomahawk) and Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon). Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier will executive produce and handle the worldwide sales rights, introducing the film in Berlin. Casting is currently underway for a summer/fall start date. Signature will give Final Score a wide theatrical release in the UK in 2017.
Final Score takes place at a major sporting event, during which the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must use all his military skills to save the 35,000 capacity crowd, one of which is the daughter of his fallen comrade.
The main shooting location for Final Score will be Upton Park, a famous London landmark that has been the home of Premier League soccer club West Ham United for over 100 years. West Ham United will be relocating to the 2012 Olympic Stadium in East London at the end of the 2016 soccer season and the production team has scored a major coup by securing use of the venue before it is handed over to a British property developer.
Signature’s Marc Goldberg commented “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to film in this unique and legendary location. The premiership is the biggest football league in the world and their impending move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium has been reported globally. We have a stellar team looking to deliver a $20million non-stop action, world class film with a one off unique opportunity to utilize an iconic stadium before it’s demolished. Imagine Die Hard in a Soccer Stadium.”
Fyzz’s Robert Jones added “To be able to stage such an ambitious story in a once in a lifetime location provides incredible visual opportunities and incomparable production values. We are confident that this, along with an exciting director in Scott Mann and compelling character roles, will attract a cast that makes for a real event movie, punching far above its weight in terms of audience appeal.”
Highland Film Group’s Arianne Frasier and Delphine Perrier said “We were drawn in by the script immediately as well as the size and scope of the production which is set in one of the worlds most renowned venues. We’ve been successful in the action genre and have no doubt Final Score will resonate worldwide.”
Scott Mann is represented by Independent Talent Group and Aperture Entertainment.
Highland Film Group recently wrapped principal photography on Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa. Their slate includes: Kevin Connolly’s Gotti starring John Travolta; Elliott Lester’s 478 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Blink starring Jamie Foxx; Steven C. Miller’s Marauders starring Bruce Willis; the Brewer Brothers’ The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood; and Osgood Perkins' February starring Emma Roberts which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival where is was acquired by A24.
ABOUT HIGHLAND FILM GROUP
Highland Film Group (HFG) was started in 2010 by Arianne Fraser, who partnered with Delphine Perrier in 2012 to form an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company. HFG provides financing through a combination of pre-sales to help cover senior and subordinated debt, gap, tax credit, and facilitates capital for mezzanine and equity financing.
ABOUT THE FYZZ FACILITY
Owned and managed by film producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. The Fyzz Facility works with filmmakers to offer bespoke financing solutions for independent feature films.
The principals of The Fyzz Facility have long established careers and a continuing involvement in film development, physical production, distribution, acquisition, sales and financing. That means the company brings with it a wide variety of skills and a unique understanding of the complex processes and challenges involved in taking a project from script to screen.
Since its formation in 2010 the company has partnered with leading sales agents, talent agents and producers to over $74m of investment into 95 feature film trades. No two projects are the same and all investment opportunities are analyzed and assessed in a pragmatic fashion to ensure the best possible financing solution for all parties involved.
The Fyzz Facility’s investments and productions to date include TIFF 2014’s favourite CAKE starring Jennifer Aniston, the Kurt Russell cowboy epic BONE TOMAHAWK and the BAFTA nominated and BIFA winning THE SURVIVALIST from writer/director Stephen Fingleton. Forthcoming titles include Martin Scorsese’s historical thriller SILENCE starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, as well as adaptations of the New York Times bestsellers THE YELLOW BIRDS which will star Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette and Elmore Leonard’s BANDITS. TFF are currently in post-production on ALLEYCATS an urban thriller starring Eleanor Tomlinson, John Hannah and John Lynch.
ABOUT SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
Launched in 2011 by owner Marc Goldberg, Signature Entertainment is now one of the leading names in UK film distribution. The team combines a wealth of film expertise with a fresh commercial outlook, delivering diverse quality entertainment to a broad audience in cinemas and at home.
Signature has now released over 300 titles into the UK market. 2016 sees the company move into the wide theatrical space with the release of Norm of the North starring James Corden and Bill Nighy. Other upcoming, impressive theatrical releases include Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe; Colonia starring Emma Watson; and Man Down with Shia LaBeouf.