Entertainment Studios Nabs Sundance Legal Drama 'All Rise'

Courtesy of Sundance Institute
'All Rise' (previously titled 'Monster')

Byron Allen's studio plans a fall theatrical release for the Kelvin Harrison Jr.-starrer about a straight-arrow Harlem youth arrested for his involvement in a deadly crime.

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has nabbed U.S. rights to the legal drama All Rise, which stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. as a straight-arrow Harlem youth arrested for his peripheral involvement in a deadly crime.

The first feature from music video and commercial director Anthony Mandler bowed in competition at Sundance as Monster. Harrison plays Steve Harmon, a 17-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The pic follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures International, the studio's international sales and distribution division, will also handle worldwide theatrical distribution for the Bron Studios title.

"This is a very important and timely film which inspires and reminds us that together we have the power to make the necessary positive changes,” Allen, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, said Monday in a statement. "This excellent story shows us how every day, African-Americans are positioned to fail in the schoolroom, the boardroom, and the courtroom long before we bleed to death in the streets."

All Rise, which is based on the Walter Dean Myers novel Monster, also stars Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson and John David Washington.

The screenplay was penned by Radha Blank, Colen C. Wiley and Janece Shaffer. All Rise was produced by Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, Aaron L. Gilbert, Mike Jackson and Edward Tyler Nahem. It was also produced by Tonik Productions and Get Lifted Film, in association with Charlevoix, Red Crown and Creative Wealth Media.

John Legend, Jeffrey Wright, Nas, Dan Crown, Yoni Liebling, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, Linnea Roberts, Ty Stiklorius, Byron Allen, Carolyn Folks, Jennifer Lucas, Brad Feinstein and Joseph F. Ingrassia share executive producer credits.