Roger Corman is a legend. With over 350 film titles to his name, Corman is one of the most prolific directors in horror history and is credited with discovering world-class talents like Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. Some of the finest horror and genre films of the 60’s and 70’s can be attributed to Roger Corman, and the future of the genre can be traced directly back to his influence. At 91 years old, the man’s production has slowed a little bit, but Shout! Factory and Chinese Ace Film HK Company have combined forces to make sure that we will never forget this great artist.
It was recently announced that the two companies have purchased the rights to the New Horizons Picture library, which includes 270 of Corman’s films and an unnamed action sci-fi TV series. A full list is not available of the films purchased, but it is said to include Rock’N’Roll High School, Battle Beyond the Stars, Piranha, Galaxy of Terror and Slumber Party Massacre.
This doesn’t look like a purchase for just the DVD and Blu-Ray rights, either. Both companies have committed themselves to developing new content, remakes, merchandise licensing agreements and content syndication for the existing properties. Shout! Factory will have the rights to the North American, European, Australian and Russian markets, while Ace will cover the Chinese, Asian, African and South American markets. In a joint statement, Roger Corman and his wife Julie stated that:
During the past decade our personal and professional relationships with Shout! Factory’s Bob Emmer, Richard and Garson Foos, and Ace Film’s Henry Luk and Adam Yunchen Ren have shown us that their independent, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for our work and creative methods of distribution and production make them especially well-suited to carry on with the New Horizons film library.
Here’s to the hope that we will get to see some awesome new horror content based on Corman’s incredible library of work. Keep an eye on Nightmare on Film Street as we will be updating you with any new information about this groundbreaking deal. In the meantime, join our Facebook group, Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street and let us know what you think!