Vertical Acquires Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Elevation’ Starring Anthony Mackie & Morena Baccarin

EXCLUSIVE: Vertical has snapped up U.S. rights to Elevationa new sci-fi thriller starring Anthony Mackie (Captain America franchise) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool franchise). Directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and produced by Brad Fuller, the film will be released in theaters later this year.

Elevation is set in a post-apocalyptic Rocky Mountains, where a single father and two women venture from the safety of their homes to face monstrous creatures to save the life of a young boy.

Also starring Maddie Hasson (Malignant) and Danny Boyd Jr. (Bruised), the film was penned by John Glenn (Eagle Eye), Jacob Roman and Kenny Ryan (SEAL Team). In addition to Fuller, producers included Nolfi, John Glenn, Lyrical Media’s Alex Black and Natalie Sellers, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Joel Viertel and Mackie. Lyrical’s Jon Rosenberg served as executive producer, with his company leading the development, production, and financing of the project.

In a statement accompanying the acquisition announcement, Nolfi shared that “working with Anthony Mackie, for a third time now, Morena Baccarin, and the rest of our exceptional cast and crew to bring this innovative screenplay to life was a blast. Anthony, Morena, and the rest of the team dove in head first (sometimes literally) as we shot action scenes in some extremely challenging places — from a working ski lift high in the Colorado Rockies, to an active mine under a mile of rock — all to enhance the theatrical experience of the film. We are thrilled to partner with Vertical to put this film in theaters all across the country later this year.”

Remarked Vertical Partner Peter Jarowey, “Elevation brings together a world-class group of seasoned professionals, who have combined the fruits of their craft to deliver a film that is not only thrilling but also delivers a cinematic scope that we seldom see outside of the studio system. Its compelling visual elements provide an elevated feel that sets the film apart from the traditional ‘creature feature.’ We look forward to working with George, Brad, and the team to unveil the film to audiences.”

Jarowey and SVP of Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical, with UTA Independent Film Group and CAA Media Finance repping the production.

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