AFM: Universal Takes Multiple Territories for Spoof Soccer Hooligan Flick
Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE), the international home entertainment division of Universal Pictures, has inked a multiple-territory deal for Nick Nevern's Brit soccer spoof The Hooligan Factory.
The movie details the story of a young man desperate to live up to the image of his estranged father who ends up falling in with a legendary soccer hooligan recently released from jail.
UPIE inked the deal with Altitude Film Sales at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Territories covered in the deal include the U.K., where the film will be released in 2014, as well as the Nordics, Eastern Europe and Brazil.
Nevern directed and co-wrote the film with Michael Lindley, with Jason Maza taking the lead role and producing alongside Altitude Film Entertainment.
Castmembers include Tom Burke (Donkey Punch) and Josef Altin (Game of Thrones), with cameo appearances from a host of actors who appeared in the films being spoofed, including Leo Gregory (Green Street Hooligans), Tony Denham (The Football Factory), Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier) and famous reformed real-life soccer hooligan Cass Pennant.
Maza said: "We're looking forward to working with the team on the U.K. release and international rollout. We can't wait to see the public reaction to the first-ever hooligan film spoof."
Producer Andy Mayson of Altitude Film Entertainment said having UPIE release The Hooligan Factory "reflects a huge level of confidence in the marketability of this comedy spoof as well as a validation of Altitude’s commitment to working with young talent to produce a film that delivers the right elements for international audiences."
Producing are Maza (Think Big Productions) and for Altitude, Will Clarke (This Is England), Mayson (Let Me In) and Mike Runagall (Last Passenger).
Think Big Productions and Marshall Leviten (Ginger and Rosa) are co-producing partners.
Nevern and Lindley are executive producers.
The Fyzz Facility co-financed the project.