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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alchemy Acquires Bernard Rose's "FRANKENSTEIN"



Alchemy Takes US Rights to Thriller Following Its World Premiere at Brussels Fantastic Fest Where it was awarded the Grand Prize

LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 22, 2015 – Film House Germany (FHG) announced today that Alchemy has secured the US rights to horror legend Bernard Rose’s (CANDYMAN, IVANSXTC) FRANKENSTEIN, from Summerstorm Entertainment following it’s highly acclaimed World Premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival where it was awarded the grand prize, the Golden Raven Award.

FRANKENSTEIN is produced by Gabriela Bacher for Summerstorm, Heidi Jo Markel for Eclectic Pictures, Jennifer Holliday Morrison for Bad Badger, and Summmerstorm’s parent company, Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann. Conor Charles is co-producing for Eclectic Pictures. Avi Lerner is executive producing and Nu Image is handling international sales. 

On confirming the sale, producers Gabriela Bacher and Heidi Jo Markel said: ‘Alchemy is the perfect partner to bring this modern take on a timeless story to American audiences. Alchemy’s acquisition is testament to the worldwide demand and hunger for new, contemporary visions and well-crafted filmmaking - audiences have never seen a monster quite like this.’

The modern-day adaptation of the classic thriller was written and directed by Bernard Rose and stars Xavier Samuel (TWILIGHT, FURY), Carrie-Ann Moss (THE MATRIX TRILOGY), Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), and Danny Huston (BIG EYES, AMERICAN HORROR STORY).

FRANKENSTEIN is set in present day Los Angeles, and is told entirely from the perspective of The Monster. Artificially-created and left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is faced with nothing but hostility and aggression as he comes to grips with the horrific nature of humanity, and the violence of those that made him.

The deal was negotiated by Jay Cohen at Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers, and Steve Break, VP of Acquisitions for Alchemy.

FRANKENSTEIN is one of a number of projects from Film House Germany’s robust slate, joining the likes of Jalmari Helander’s BIG GAME starring Samuel L. Jackson and THE DEVIL’S VIOLINIST, also directed by Bernard Rose.


Alchemy is a leading independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies across all platforms, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. Under CEO Bill Lee’s direction, the company has distributed the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, John Turturro, Lee Daniels, Oren Moverman and James Cameron. Recent successes include ELSA & FRED, FADING GIGOLO, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, RAMPART, and BERNIE.

Alchemy boasts the independent industry’s pre-eminent end-to-end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution of content to major retailers. The company has the largest footprint of any independent supplier to bricks and mortar businesses, and is one of only two independent aggregators for Target, where Alchemy represents 75% of all independent titles sold. It is also the leading supplier to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and VOD.

The company owns a catalog of 665 film titles and has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles and programming for clients including PBS Distribution, nCircle, Phase 4 Films, Magnolia, MPI Media Group, Well Go, Music Box Films, Inception, and Hammer Horror, among many others.


Film House Germany is a multi-faceted media company, covering the development, financing, production, and co-production of film and TV for audiences worldwide. Headquartered in Berlin, with outposts in London and Los Angeles, Film House Germany was founded in 2011 by entrepreneur Christian Angermayer. It’s the parent to both Egoli Tossell Film and Summerstorm Entertainment.

Film House Germany has strategic alliances with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and Navid McIhargey’s Vandal Entertainment, in addition to strong relationships with other major production companies, and leading distribution partners around the world.

Past projects include: Jon S. Baird’s FILTH; Ron Howard’s RUSH; Michael Hoffman’s Academy Award Nominated film THE LAST STATION; and Olivier Assayas’ lauded mini-series CARLOS.


Heidi Jo Markel founded Eclectic Pictures in 2004 by striking a First-Look deal with Millennium Films to create high-quality theatrical independent features. With a focus on strong female-driven characters, environmental and socially conscious thematics, Eclectic's more than a dozen films cross all genres. Notable films with exceptional filmmakers include: LOVELACE, SOLITARY MAN, TRUST, PLAYING FOR KEEPS, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and the upcoming SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, FRANKENSTEIN and LONDON HAS FALLEN. With numerous projects in development with various distributors, the power of ECLECTIC PICTURES is to evolve projects to realize their fullest potential.



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