Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights to Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2

Punk’s Dead, the sequel to 1999’s cult hit SLC Punk, follows the next generation of outcast misfits through the Utah hinterlands. James Merendino, who directed the original SLC Punk, returns the film’s narrative to Salt Lake City, UT, where the now teenage son of Heroin Bob, Ross, along with his friends, Penny and Crash, embarks on a road trip to a huge punk show.

During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook and embraces life. Meanwhile, Ross’ mother Trish, who raised Ross alone in her steampunk shop, discovers that her son is missing, and recruits much of the old SLC gang to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships and what it means to be a Punk today.

The film was financed in part by an Indiegogo campaign. James Merendino is the writer/director. Ben Schnetzer (PrideSnowden,Warcraft), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man), Colson “MGK” Baker (Beyond the Lights), Sarah Clarke (Twilight) and Devon Sawa (NikitaFinal Destination) star. The film’s Executive Producer is John Bedell, with Branden Steineckert as Co-executive Producer, Andrea Kreuzhage as Producer, and Severine Ferrari as Co-Producer.

The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm’s Kristin Harris, Executive Director of Content Acquisitions, and Mette-Marie Katz, Director of Sales at XYZ Films.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this cult favorite sequel to both the original fans of SLC Punk, as well as a whole new audience,” says Yolanda Macias, EVP Acquisitions.


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