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Look alive, sci-fi fans! I just got a press release for an under-the-radar project that just might turn out to be one of the most inventive sci-fi flicks we've had in a while.

Content Media has closed a deal with DEFY Media to get the sales rights to Higher Power, a hugely anticipated sci-fi thriller from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises, Salt).

Here's where it gets interesting if you're a sci-fi fan: This has the potential to be eye-popping in regard to its special effects. The team behind it all has a background in visually engaging films, and their mission was to bring their expertise and vision to Higher Power:

With mind blowing special effects and a compelling new character “Higher Power” is “X-Men” meets “Chronicle” – the story of a true everyman who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with powers beyond his wildest imagination.

Along with di Bonaventura, the film is helmed by director Matthew Santoro, who is no stranger to SFX - he was, after all, the visual effects artist for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk and 300. That's an impressive pedigree for the eye behind the camera. Screenwriter Julia Fair penned the script.

The cast is comprised of talented industry veterans including Ron Eldard (Sleepers, Black Hawk Down, Super 8), Colm Feore (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Jordan Hinson (Kevin From Work, Eureka, Hank), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, Dolphin Tale, Love and Honor) and Jade Tailor (Karma).

Content Media has quietly been churning out quality indie movies, and, of course, our fans will best know DEFY Media as being the parent company behind things like Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers YouTube series, Smosh, and Break.

The first footage will be premiered at the upcoming American Film Market event next week, which means a hopeful pick-up of the distribution rights. That means we'll be seeing this film sooner rather than later. And THAT means that the list of smart indie sci-fi films we've been spoiled with the past few years is marching on.


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