Courtney Solomon

Courtney Solomon (born September 1, 1970) is an accomplished writer, director, producer and entrepreneur from Toronto, Canada. He is responsible for the creation of many franchises and has been involved with production, marketing and distribution of over 80 movies, creating a significant film library.[1][2]

Courtney Solomon
Born (1970-09-01) September 1, 1970 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation
Years active2000–present
EmployerAfter Dark Films

Life and careerEdit

At 19, he formed Sweetpea Entertainment to fulfill his vision to acquire the rights and bring the world famous "Dungeons & Dragons" property to the big screen. At 26, Dungeons and Dragons film became his first producing and directing project, grossing over $33M globally.[3] A new theatrical version is currently in the works at Paramount Pictures for 2021.[4]

Thereafter, he formed After Dark Films to produce horror, thriller and action titles. He launched it with An American Haunting (wrote, produced, directed), starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland, a story based on Tennessee's Bell Witch legend. Personally handling the entire release campaign with no prior experience, it opened #2 in US (staying in the top ten films for 6 weeks). This success resulted in a long term distribution and co-production arrangement with Lionsgate Films. Today, After Dark owns its own film library of over 80 films.[5]

In 2014, Solomon partnered with Mark Canton, one of Hollywood's most prolific studio heads (Sony) and Producers (300 (film)) on a slate of Dramatic Feature films, including the critically acclaimed Cake (2014 film) starring Jennifer Aniston (Best Actress Nominations by SAG, BFCA and Golden Globes). Other films were Mr. Church (Eddie Murphy), The Comedian (Robert DeNiro and Leslie Mann), The Yellow Birds (Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Huston, Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette) and Burn Your Maps (Vera Farmiga and Jacob Tremblay) which won multiple film festivals.[6]

In 2018, he acquired the rights to and produced the first film based on the worldwide phenomenon and bestselling novel series After. The film of the same name was released in April 2019 and became an international hit, opening #1 in 22 countries and grossing $80M worldwide in theaters. The sequel, After We Collided, was released in 2020.

In 2018, he also acquired the rights to the world famous underground comic universe of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers created by Gilbert Shelton in 1968. Distributed through underground presses because of its racy nature, the Freak Brothers and their unnamed Cat became the hilarious voice of Cannabis smokers around the world. This will be his first foray into the world of Adult-Animation with a super talented team of seasoned writers and actors to bring them to life.[7]

He also has several films going into production: "Arthur The King" starring Mark Wahlberg and Red Sonja based on the world famous character and comic book by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith.[8]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Director Producer Writer
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Yes Yes No
2005 An American Haunting Yes Yes Yes
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God No Yes No
2007 Captivity No Yes No
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration No Yes No
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations No Yes No
Slaughter No Yes No
Perkins' 14 No Yes No
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt No Yes No
2010 Prowl No Yes No
2011 The Task No Yes No
Seconds Apart No Yes No
Husk No Yes No
Fertile Ground No Yes No
51 No Yes No
Scream of the Banshee No Yes No
2012 Transit No Yes No
Bullet to the Head No Yes No
Dragon Eyes No Yes No
El Gringo No Yes No
The Philly Kid No Yes No
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning No Yes No
Stash House No Yes No
2013 Getaway Yes Yes No
Dark Circles No Yes No
Enemies Closer No Yes No
Ritual No Yes No
Murder in the Dark No Yes No
2014 Cake No Yes No
2015 Re-Kill No Yes No
Bastard No Yes No
The Wicked Within No Yes No
Wind Walkers No Yes No
2016 Mr. Church No Yes No
Burn Your Maps No Yes No
The Comedian No Yes No
2017 The Yellow Birds No Yes No
2018 Nightmare Cinema No Yes No
2020 The Woman in the Window No Yes No

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Snyder, S. Jams (July 13, 2007). "Creating a Captive Audience". The New York Sun. Retrieved November 11, 2013. ...the 35-year-old founder of After Dark...
  2. ^ Cieply, Michael (June 25, 2007). "Already Under Fire, a Producer Is Going Further". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190374/?ref_=fn_ft_tt_2
  4. ^ https://deadline.com/2019/07/dungeons-and-dragons-film-lands-jonathan-goldstein-john-francis-daley-to-direct-1202657272/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 2, 2012). "Dark Castle, After Dark Cue Action Banner". Variety. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  6. ^ https://cinelou-films.com/team/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ https://freakbrothers.com/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://variety.com/2019/film/news/mark-wahlberg-dog-movie-arthur-the-king-1203281589/. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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