Cinedigm is launching a reinvention of American International Pictures exploitation titles including “Girls in Prison” and “The Brain Eaters” in a 10-picture project within a single movie universe.
Cinedigm is teaming with producers Lou Arkoff (“Inspector Gadget”), Jeff Katz (“Snakes on a Plane”) and Hal Sadoff (“Hotel Rwanda”) to shoot the 10 films with storylines and characters as part of a single story arc. The films will be shot starting in September with cast and directors to be announced soon.
Katz has written all 10 films, which are based on “Girls in Prison,” “Viking Women and The Sea Serpent,” “The Brain Eaters,” “She-Creature,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Reform School Girl,” “The Undead,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “The Cool and the Crazy” and “The Day the World Ended.”
Cinedigm will handle the theatrical release, DVD, digital, TV and nontheatrical formats including on CONtv, Cinedigm’s upcoming digital network targeted to the Comic-Con audience.
“In a unique twist on the current filmmaking model, all 10 films will shoot back-to-back and share a single movie universe with a big recurring cast of antiheroes, monsters and bad girls,” said Arkoff, son of AIP founder Samuel Arkoff. “This format will allow our casts and directors to build a strong relationship with the characters — and our audience — over the course of several films.”
Katz said audiences should respond to the hybrid format, which he called “binge-viewing at the feature film level.”
“Each movie in this series has a complete beginning, middle and end, yet watched over all 10 films we’re really telling one larger, epic story,” he added. “These are very much, at heart, indie comic book movies. Unpretentious. R-Rated. It’s fantastic to have a distribution model that fits that sensibility.”