Screen Media has picked up the international sales rights for the upcoming sci-fi epic Skyline Radial, the fourth installment of the Skyline franchise. Through their Foresight Unlimited division, they’ll attempt to find a home for Liam O’Donnell‘s third stint as the head of the franchise at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Casting is currently underway for the film, though much of the main cast including star Lindsey Morgan, is expected to return to the franchise.
Despite its mixed reviews, the first Skyline film was a box office hit in 2010, launching a franchise that would eventually earn more adoration elsewhere than in the United States. By the time the third picture, set in 2020, arrived, what began as a straightforward alien invasion film had evolved into a space epic lead by super-powered human-alien hybrid Rose Corley (Morgan). Rose and her crew are attempting to rescue her long-lost adoptive father Mark (Frank Grillo) from a secret jail in Skyline Radial, which begins up where the third film left off. They come across the universe’s most powerful beings, The Radial, while attempting to approach the jail. The Radial are an ancient race of aliens who are poised to become Rose’s and Earth’s next big threat.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Screen Media to expand our franchise and offer what our fans have been asking for,” O’Donnell said of the franchise’s future. “As weird as it sounds, we envision this as our own niche version of a Fast Five/Avengers-style sequel, in which we’re bringing together characters from earlier parts in a larger, crowd-pleasing sci-fi martial arts adventure.” O’Donnell has been a part of the franchise since the beginning, beginning as a co-writer and producer on Greg and Colin Strause’s first film. For this film, he will write and direct.
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“Liam’s vision and enthusiasm for Skyline Radial ensures the Skyline franchise’s continued success,” Screen Media noted. “We’re thrilled to be a part of it, and we’re confident that Skyline will delight audiences around the world once more.” With Skyline, the distributor gets a franchise that has had fun with its sci-fi notions, adding significantly to the world with each chapter, but not receiving the highest accolades from audiences and critics.
Screen Media is a division of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, and it is currently working on Christina Ricci’s Monstrous and the Johnny Flynn and Antonia Campbell-Hughes thriller Cordelia. They’ll also be hoping to sell Bella Thorne’s new picture Saint Clare, which is set to begin filming soon, at Cannes this year.
Skyline Radial is expected to start production later this year.