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‘SLC Punk 2’ North American Rights Acquired by Cinedigm

The ”SLC Punk“ sequel formally titled ”Punk’s Dead“ will be released in theaters in early 2016

Cinedigm has acquired the North American distribution rights to “Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2,” the distributor announced Wednesday.

The sequel to “SLC Punk,” the 1998 cult classic starring Matthew Lillard and Michael A. Goorjian as two punks battling adulthood in Salt Lake City, will be released in theaters in early 2016, followed by digital, TV and VOD distribution.

The film follows the next generation of outcast misfits through the Utah Hinterlands. The teenage son of Heroin Bob (Goorjian), Ross, along with his friends Penny and Crash, embark on a road trip to see a huge punk show.

When Ross’ mother discovers that he is missing, she recruits the old SLC gang to help find him. When both parties collide at the concert, they must deal with their unresolved relationships and find out what it means to be “punk” today.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this cult favorite sequel to both the original fans of ‘SLC Punk,’ as well as a whole new audience,” Cinedigm’s Yolanda Macias, EVP of acquisitions, said in a statement.

James Merendino, who directed the original “SLC Punk,” wrote and directed the sequel starring Ben Schnetzer, Hannah Marks, Colson “MGK” Baker, Sarah Clarke and Devon Sawa.

John Bedell is an executive producer of the film, with Branden Steineckert serving as co-executive producer, Andrea Kreuzhage as producer and Severine Ferrari as co-producer.

The film was financed by an Indiegogo campaign.

The deal was negotiated by Cinedigm’s executive director of content acquisitions Kristin Harris and Mette-Marie Katz, director of sales at XYZ Films.