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Monsters of California – Screen Media picks up Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge feature directorial debut

Screen Media has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to the feature film Monsters of California after a highly competitive process. The upcoming sci-fi adventure marks the directorial debut for Blink-182’s lead singer and guitarist, Tom DeLonge, who also wrote and performed original music for the film. Screen Media will have its Foresight Unlimited division handle international sales at AFM.

The film follows teenager Dallas Edwards and his derelict friends on a quest to find the meaning behind a series of mysterious, paranormal events in Southern California.

The film stars Tony Award® Nominee Richard Kind (Big Mouth, Curb Your Enthusiasm), veteran actor Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Emmy Award® Nominee Arianne Zucker (Days of Our Lives), Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek, Gabrielle Haugh (Jeepers Creepers 3) and newcomers Jack Samson, Jared Scott, and Jack Lancaster.

DeLonge recently announced his return to multiplatinum rock band Blink-182 as well as an upcoming new album and a worldwide tour with Live Nation.

“If you take skateboarders, UFO’s and Bigfoot, which pretty much sums up my entire life, you get a wild ride that will remind everyone of our early love of Amblin Films that inspired so many,” said DeLonge. “I’m so thankful that Screen Media believed in me and my partner Stan Spry to create a coming-of-age adventure that will give the entire family a thrill that they won’t ever forget.”

Monsters of California is co-written by DeLonge and Ian Miller and is produced through DeLonge’s To The Stars Media along with Stan Spry and Eric Scott Woods of Cartel Pictures (Creepshow, Day of the Dead).

“We are excited to be bringing Tom Delonge’s feature film directorial debut to audiences,” said Seth Needle, executive vice president of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Screen Media. “We know that fans of both Tom’s music with Blink-182 and his work in the field of extraterrestrials and UFOs will love going on this sci-fi adventure. As the band returns to arenas, and global interest around UFOs builds, we couldn’t be more thrilled with our timing in releasing this exciting movie. When you see Monsters of California you, too, will be sure ‘Aliens Exist!’”

The deal was negotiated by Needle on behalf of Screen Media and by Stan Spry on behalf of Cartel.

Screen Media recently acquired Poker Face directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe, Renny Harlin’s action film The Bricklayer starring Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev from Millennium Films, The Locksmith starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames as well as the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare also starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay. Recent film releases include Kevin Lewis’ follow-up to Willy’s Wonderland, The Accursed starring Alexis Knapp and Mena Suvari, The Enforcer starring Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth, The Immaculate Room starring Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth and Ashley Greene Khoury, The Nan Movie starring Catherine Tate, Code Name Banshee starring Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan and the psychological horror film Monstrous starring Christina Ricci.

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