Wrekin Hill, NECA nab 'Comic-Con Episode IV'

Wrekin Hill Entertainment and National Entertainment Collectibles Assn. have jointly acquired Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “Comic-Con Episode IV — A Fan’s Hope.”

Deal was announced Tuesday, three months after the pic screened at the Toronto Film Festival. Movie will see theatrical release in the spring in conjunction with a multicity tour. The docu will screen at fan gatherings as well, and an online presence through producer Thomas Tull and his Legendary Entertainment is planned. “As a young kid growing up in West Virginia, I was obsessed with comicbooks and horror films, so the first time I ever attended Comic-Con, in the summer of 2009, was a dream come true for me,” Spurlock said. “I was blown away by the passion and the creativity there — the panels, parades, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that makes Comic-Con one of the largest cultural events in America.”

“A Fan’s Hope,” presented by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, is produced by Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Knowles and Tull. It was written by Spurlock and Chilnick.

Deal marks the latest joint acquisition by Wrekin Hill and NECA as part of a strategic partnership calling for the companies to distribute four to five titles theatrically each year. Previous titles this year have included “Hesher,” “The People vs. George Lucas” and “Spork.”

Chris Ball and Rene Cogan negotiated the deal for Wrekin Hill with NECA chief exec Joel Weinshanker. Attorney Gary Hirsch represented both Wrekin Hill and NECA, and CAA handled the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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