Kirk Shaw’s Wonderfilm builds out slate following IPO

The Vancouver company is on course to wrap eight films before the end of the year, following its launch on the TSX Venture Exchange in April.

Kirk ShawKirk Shaw’s Wonderfilm Media is ramping up production on a 17-project film slate following its launch on the TSX Venture Exchange in April.

The Vancouver-based company is on course to complete production on eight of those films before year’s end, with a further nine scheduled to go to camera before next June.

Among those titles is the Puerto Rico-shot hitman feature Last Story of David Allen, starring Kellan Lutz, Ron Perlman and Isabel Lucas. The film is one of three Wonderfilm projects going to camera this month. Also on the docket is the Romania-shot human trafficking feature Steal the Night and an untitled horror feature about a scientific experiment that goes terribly wrong. All three projects have been pre-sold into a number of international territories and will be released in 2019, according to Wonderfilm.

Producers on the projects are Shaw (pictured), Dan Grodnik, Jeff Bowler, Bret Saxon and Randy Charach.

Since its launch on the TSX Venture Exchange earlier this year, Wonderfilm has continued to build out its strategy, which is “geared toward low risk, commercial productions that are able to access tax incentives marketable to key content purchasers,” according to its management discussion and analysis filings.

The company is also involved in the MOW space, shooting a pair of Christmas TV movies: Vancouver-shot A New Year’s Kiss, directed by David Langlois (A Star’s Obsession) and The Christmas Cupid, directed by Michael Sellers and starring Elisabeth Harnois (Skin in the Game), Jonathan Togo (Rising Tide) and Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax).

As well as its North American operations, Wonderfilm has branched into the Asian market in recent months,  forming a new subsidiary in South Korea called Wonderfilm Korea. According to Wonderfilm, the partnership is a 50/50 strategic agreement between itself and Korean movie distribution company Trueever. Wonderfilm Korea appointed Peter Lee as its CEO and opened an office in Seoul, South Korea earlier in the year. 

Also on the company’s slate is the previously announced modern-day western Disturbing The Peace. Directed by York Shackleton (211) and penned by Chuck Hustmyre (End of a Gun), the project is set to star Guy Pearce and Devon Sawa. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales. Wonderfilm is also in post-production on Primal starring Nicolas Cage (for Lionsgate) and Moose starring John Travolta (AMBI Group).