Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film & Television will serve as producer for… | New
LOS ANGELES, July 12 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ryan Kavanaugh’s Proxima Media is officially in production on SKILL HOUSE, the first installment in the R-rated horror movie franchise starring social media phenom and TikTok star Bryce Hall. Since his announcement in the spring, CURTIS “50 Cent” JACKSON will also produce through his G-Unit Film & Television and star in the film. UFC veteran and BKFC and AEW star Paige VanZant also joined the cast. And acclaimed, Emmy-winning special effects artist Steve Johnson (GHOSTBUSTERS, BICENTENNIAL MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2) delivers some of the most realistic, gory fan art fans have ever seen.
Additional cast includes Leah Pipes (SORORITY ROW, The Originals), McCarrie McCausland (Army Wives, The Originals), Ivan Leung (THE TENDER BAR, All American, Grey’s Anatomy), Neal McDonough (CAPTAIN AMERICA, MINORITY REPORT, Yellowstone, Suits ), John DeLuca (Spree, American Horror Story) and Caitlin Carmichael (MIDNIGHT IN THE SWITCHGRASS, EPIPHANY).
“This film is full of entertainment mavericks, many of which span multiple genres and platforms,” Kavanaugh notes. Regarding producing with 50 Cent, Kavanaugh adds, “From global rap and hip-hop music icon to businessman, actor, writer and producer – if anyone knows a thing or two on breaking boundaries, it’s 50 Cent. I’m honored to work alongside him as we watch Bryce do the same with his career.”
A saw-like take breaking into the social media fame and culture phenom, SKILL HOUSE offers an unwavering take on fame and what new celebrities are willing to do to achieve it.
The Los Angeles-based film, which is mostly shot in the original ‘Sway House’, delves into the world of social media fame and pushes the boundaries when ‘clicks’ and ‘power’ literally become life or dead.
With an expected release date in early 2023, the project is funded and controlled by Proxima Media, owned and operated by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony nominated mega-producer Ryan Kavanaugh. It is written and directed by horror film legend Josh Stolberg, co-writer of horror films such as SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW (with Chris Rock and Samuel L Jackson), JIGSAW, PIRANHA 3D, SORORITY ROW , as well as the upcoming SAW Movie (tentatively titled SAW X). Through his G-Unit Film & Television, Jackson will also produce alongside Kavanaugh, Alex Baskin and Lifeboat Productions’ Amy Kim and Jaime Burke. Daniel Herther, who oversees production and creative development at Proxima, will serve as executive producer alongside Jason Barhydt and Bobby Sarnevesht.
About Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has carved out a thriving career in television and film as a top producer and star. In 2005, he founded G-Unit Film & Television, Inc., which produced a wide variety of content on numerous platforms and sold myriad shows to various networks. Among those is the critically acclaimed #1 show on Starz, “Power,” in which he not only co-starred, but also served as an executive producer and director. In October 2018, Jackson and Starz/Lionsgate entered into an unprecedented deal for Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. The partnership, billed as one of the most significant deals yet for a premium television executive producer, will focus on expanding the “Power” universe, recently announced spin-offs “Power Book II: Ghost”, “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” and “Power Book IV: Force”. G-Unit Film & Television also produced the ABC hit “For Life” and recently launched the first season of the highly anticipated series “Black Mafia Family” for Starz, which was immediately renewed for a second season. G-Unit is also in development on the scripted series “Family Affair” ABC, “The 50th Law” Netflix, “Let Me Hear a Rhyme” at Peacock and “Unseen”, “Angel’s Playbook”, “Moment in Time” and “Queen Nzinga” at Starz. It was announced in May 2021 that “Confessions of A Crime Queen” was a direct order on Discovery+. Jackson is also currently in production on a BMF Docuseries at Starz and an unscripted series, “Hip Hop Homicides to WeTV. The company is also expanding its feature slate, starting with a 3-picture horror deal in collaboration with horror phenom Eli Roth and 3BlackDot.
About Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant is a mixed martial artist, former UFC fighter, bare knuckle boxer, professional wrestler, author, and model. She has appeared on television in Dancing with the Stars and Chopped.
About Josh Stolberg
Josh Stolberg is a writer, director and producer responsible for some of today’s most popular horror films, including JIGSAW, PIRANHA 3D, SORORITY ROW and most recently SPIRAL. He has written films for Netflix, Disney, Lionsgate, etc. He is currently writing a Dwayne Johnson actor at Netflix as well as the next installment in the popular Saw franchise.
About Lifeboat Productions
Amy Kim and Jaime Burke are award-winning producers with over 20 years of diverse experience. They have produced original content for all major streamers and studios with their most recent credits, including the upcoming series Girls at the edge of the surf for Apple+ and Amazon’s Undone. Kim began producing with the Oscar-winning short, WEST BANK STORY and served as production manager for Michael Eisner’s Vuguru digital studio before forming Lifeboat Productions with Jaime Burke in 2012. Burke began her career as a film producer with titles such as MICHAEL KING’S THE POSSESSION and the indie horror classic, THE PACT. This is their second collaboration with writer/director Josh Stolberg.
About Proxima and Ryan Kavanaugh
Founder of Proxima Media, the majority shareholder of Triller, Ryan Kavanaugh is one of the most accomplished, prolific and honored executives in the history of the entertainment industry. Using a clever movie funding model, he has been dubbed the creator of “Moneyball for Movies”. He has produced, distributed and/or structured financing for over 200 films, grossing over $20 billion in worldwide box office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. He is the 25th highest-grossing film producer of all time. His productions include Fast and Furious 2-6, 300, Social Network, Limitless, Fighter, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and Mama Mia! Kavanaugh and Proxima launched an innovative financing deal for post-bankruptcy Marvel, creating the studio and financial structure that led to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He built the SVOD (streaming) category with Netflix, which increased that company’s market capitalization from $2 billion to $10 billion. Kavanaugh is the co-founder of Triller, one of the three fastest growing social media apps. He recently led the acquisition, merger and relaunch of the social media and music app.
He also created the mighty television company, now known as Critical Content, producing hit shows like Catfish on MTV and Limitless on CBS, which he sold for $200 million. The company had 40 TV series on 19 networks before its sale. Kavanaugh has won multiple accomplishments and awards, from Variety’s Producer of the Year Award to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Leadership Award, Fortune’s 40 Most Influential People Under 40 in Business to Forbes’ Fortune 400, a billion dollars by the Daily Variety and the 100 most influential people. Influential People in the World by Vanity Fair. Proxima and Kavanaugh are replaced by Neil Sacker.