After seeing Terri at LA Comic-Con in 2017, I was eager to talk to her about Legion M, their recent success with the Nicolas Cage revenge flick, Mandy, and what it means to be one of the owners of a crowdfunded movie studio.
“To spread a virus, you need patient zero,” Scanlan told Quartz. “You need someone infected to walk through a crowded airport. If you have a lot of people doing that right out of the gate, then you have a better opportunity.”
Panos Cosmatos’s Mandy is the surprise horror hit of 2018. It features a completely unhinged Nicholas Cage, mutant motorcycle riders, and a macaroni spewing Cheddar Goblin. Now, fans of the arthouse fever dream can load up on officially-licensed Mandy merchandise; in addition to shirts and hats, you can snag some temporary tattoos and even a box of Cheddar Goblin mac n cheese!
We literally just got done telling you guys about a Chicago restaurant that’s launching a Cheddar Goblin-inspired, Mandy tribute menu this month, and now director Panos Cosmatos lets us know that there’s a limited edition Cheddar Goblin Halloween mask, now available!
Mandy has been one of the most talked about genre releases this year, and whether you are looking for Mandy apparel to wear around the house, want to dress as Red for Halloween, or are throwing a Mandy-themed party, Legion M has got you covered.
Now, Legion M has released a new batch of merch that ties directly to the movie, for those looking to bring a little bit of the craziness home.
Girl With No Name is an upcoming movie and comic book from Co-Op Entertainment and Legion M. It was announced at New York Comic Con and looks to be a “female-led Western action-adventure movie.” That sounds like it could be really cool, and I tried confirming if this was attached to an existing property, but I couldn’t find anything that matched. This may be a very rare opportunity for us to support an original film!
Another gun-slinging, ass-kicking anti-heroine has arrived on the scene. “Girl With No Name,” a woman-driven Western comic universe, was unveiled at New York Comic Con on Friday. A 40-page comic book to be published in spring was announced, as was a film adaptation directed by Tanya Wexler (“Hysteria”).
Legion M and Co-Op Entertainment have announced plans to create a film and comic book universe around a project called Girl With No Name.
And today at New York Comic Con, Legion M announced plans for Girl With No Name, a female-led western action-adventure movie produced by Co-Op Entertainment’s Laura Ivey (Walking Out, Ithaca) and directed by Co-Op cofounder Tanya Wexler (Hysteria). Legion M is the project’s executive producer.
The co-production between Legion M and Co-Op Entertainment will also debut in a 40-page comic next year.
Thanks to fans demanding it be shown in more theaters, RLJ Entertainment, the distributor of "Mandy," has the movie booked in theaters until November.
Cinephilia is a year-round condition, and thus it’s always an ideal time to honor the best of the current movie crop. Now more than midway through 2018, a wide range of stellar offerings have illustrated that, no matter the genre, potential greatness abounds at both the multiplex and the art house.
This Nicolas Cage spectacle is equal parts art house and grind house
Director Panos Cosmatos has scored an instant cult hit with Mandy, an ultra-metal revenge thriller set in the early '80s that stars Nicolas Cage in vintage gonzo Cage mode. It's a movie filled with surprises, but perhaps the biggest of them is the adorable, hard-puking ad mascot called Cheddar Goblin.
Changes in crowdfunding laws are expanding the reach of companies looking to take advantage of this innovative way of raising capital funds. Legion M’s goal is to make and promote content funded by fans.
Startups like Wattpad and Tongal (for directors and cinematographers), and new financing platforms like Legion M (for producing features) are aiming to elevate new talent and provide what the companies hope will be built-in audiences for successful new programming on platforms like Netflix, Apple, and others — and the hundreds of networks that are vying for attention in an increasingly fragmented media landscape.
MANDY and the evolution of production companies
Ruby Que and Varun Belur from The Cornell Daily Sun interview with Legion M cofounder, Paul Scanlan.
Do you ever use fruits to critique films? You likely don’t use real ones, but you’ve probably used Rotten Tomatoes to check a movie’s overall quality. High Rotten Tomato ratings seem to be few as of late, but “Mandy,” a new film coming to the Tower Theatre on Sept. 14, exceeds expectations.
Legion M, founded by Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, claims to be the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company. The pair previously co-founded MobiTV, an entertainment media company that won an Emmy for Technical Achievement in Advancing Television. They’ve used their knowledge and connections to create what they call “a business model with the potential to change Hollywood forever.”
Coming to theaters for a special advanced screening on Thursday, September 13th is Mandy, a movie being billed as a “wildly phantasmagorical thriller” starring Nicolas Cage. The screening will be followed by a prerecorded Q&A session with Cage and the director of the film, Panos Cosmatos.
In speaking about how Jóhannsson became involved with “Mandy,” friend and manager Tim Husom said: “The last music he created before his death was the score to ‘Mandy.’ We were working on it right up until the film was delivered to Sundance in early January.
As a psychologist who researches and writes about fandom, and as a passionate fan myself, I was fascinated by an innovative group called Legion M who had a presence at this year’s Comic-Con. Actually, they had a physical presence, as in they took over the bottom floor of the Harbor House restaurant in Seaport Village and turned into the Legion M fan lounge.
The producers at SpectreVision (Lisa Whalen, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and Elijah Wood) have been friends and allies of Legion M since day one, and we've been searching for the right project to work on. For Mandy, Legion M has invested in both the film and Jóhann Jóhannsson's heavy metal soundtrack. It's a production stage investment (meaning that we haven't seen the film, as it's not yet complete), but we have had the opportunity to see some of the footage.
The Geek Speak Show's Henry San Miguel talks to Legion M President & Co-Founder Jeff Annison at San Diego Comic Con 2018.
First there was the Stargate panel Thursday afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con … then there was the party!
Legion M brought the Legion M Lounge to San Diego Comic-Con this year. One of the highlights of the Lounge occurred on Friday as the Lounge filled up for the Mandy event.
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Over the past year, Hollywood has been rabid with negative headlines portraying an industry broken by a pervasive all-boys club culture. It’s an industry with deep, dark roots that have not been disrupted in over 80 years.