Killers Anonymous and Twist helmer Martin Owen’s action-packed sci-fi comedy, Max Cloud, has been acquired by Well Go USA for North American distribution this December on digital and on-demand. Owen directs from a script he co-wrote with Sally Collett, for a cast led by actress Isabelle Allen (Les Misérables, Killers Anonymous), and starring actor and martial artist Scott Adkins (Ip Man 4) in the title role.
The story is described as one that “transports viewers back to the era of classic video games, when crimped hair was as hip as velour tracksuits and Animal Crossing and Fortnite were perhaps closer to alien technology than to reality.” Allen plays teen gamer Sarah who accidentally opens a secret portal hidden in her favorite side-scroller, where she finds herself trapped in an intergalactic prison home to the galaxy’s most dangerous villains.
To escape the terrifying planet, she must team up with space hero Max Cloud (Adkins) to battle the wacky and notorious Revengor (Spartacus‘s John Hannah)—an out-of-this-world menace who credits 80s aerobics videos from Earth with his “tip-top” shape—and the even more insidious evil mastermind Shee (Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch). For Sarah, it’s either finish the game, aided by her own not-so-savvy best friend on the outside…or remain a 16-bit character forever.
“Max Cloud is a genre-bender in the best possible way, and it’s a treat to see Scott Adkins branch out into a comedic role and nail it,” said Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go USA Entertainment. “This is a fun, funny and fast-paced film with appeal for fans of genres from comedy and sci-fi to action and martial arts, and it’s a must-watch for anyone nostalgic for the era of classics like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.”
While most of the international rights to Max Cloud have been sold, a handful of territories remain available, including Japan, Australia, Germany, the UK and China.
Also starring are Tommy Flanagan (Westworld, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Braveheart), Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow, Attack the Block, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Gentlemen), Elliott Langridge (Northern Soul, Peripheral), Sally Collett (Killers Anonymous, Twist), Sam Hazeldine (The Innocents, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Peaky Blinders, The Hitman’s Bodyguard), and Andi Osho (Shazam!, Light’s Out, I May Destroy You).
Max Cloud is produced by Matt Williams (Killers Anonymous, Let’s Be Evil, Twist), Alan Latham (Property of the State, In Extremis), Tom Mattinson (Macbeth, Dead Man Running) and Phil McKenzie (Killers Anonymous, Waiting for Anya, Dark Encounter). Loni Farhi, Phillippe Martinez, and Goldfinch’s Kirsty Bell serve as executive producers.