Academy Award winner Russell Crowe will star in Unhinged, a psychological thriller which will start production July 15 in New Orleans. The film, which is the first Solstice Studios movie to go into production, is directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer), written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) and produced by Lisa Ellzey (Warrior, Kingdom of Heaven).
Solstice is targeting a third quarter 2020 wide U.S. theatrical release. The company’s international team, led by Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau, will be selling the film in Cannes this month.
Unhinged takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (played by Crowe). “Road rage” doesn’t begin to describe what he’s about to do to her and everyone she knows.
Crowe was nominated for three consecutive Best Actor Oscar nominations for his work in The Insider; Gladiator, for which he took home the Oscar®; and A Beautiful Mind. He recently starred in Boy Erased and will next be seen in The True History of the Kelly Gang and the Showtime’s limited series The Loudest Voice.
Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The firm develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis. Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range. It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 2-3 films per year for wide US distribution. The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.
The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record and is expected to grow to 65 people in its first year. The company’s founders are: President & CEO Mark Gill, Production Heads Andrew Gunn and Guy Botham, and Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese. The senior team also includes Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau; Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams, and Physical Production Head Rene Besson.