Entertainment Squad Eyes TIFF Sales Launch of Drama Thriller ‘Root Letter’ (Exclusive) | New

Entertainment Squad, the Los Angeles-based distribution and sales company for Shaked Berenson, has acquired worldwide rights to the dramatic thriller root letter from Japan’s Ammo Inc. and California-based AMMO Entertainment and will launch international sales in Toronto.

Emmy nominated Sonja O’Hara (mid century, judgment Day) made from the screenplay adapted by David Ebeltoft based on the video game by Kadokawa Games.

Danny Ramirez from Top Gun: Maverick stars as Carlos, a poor teenager, who leaves to help a former school pen pal, Sarah, who tells him she killed someone.

Carlos uncovers a criminal plot involving Sarah’s group of friends and the secret that led to Sarah’s disappearance.

Keana Marie also stars and the cast includes Mark St. Cyr and Lydia Hearst. AMMO Entertainment and Ammo Inc. produced and financed, with AMMO Entertainment’s Annmarie Sairrino, Ammo’s Moeko Suzuki and Kat McPhee serving as producers.

Entertainment Squad will release root letter in select New York and Los Angeles theaters and on major VoD platforms September 1. CEO Berenson brokered the deal with AMMO Entertainment and Ammo Inc.

O’Hara said: “I was drawn to David Ebeltoft Root Letter screenplay for its disturbing and hyperrealistic depiction of the opioid crisis. It was an uncomfortable read that left me with a sense of dread that has continued to haunt me. I knew right away that I had to do it. As an immigrant myself, I was moved by Carlos’ journey and Danny Ramirez brought such pathos to the role. I can’t think of a more relevant time to share this urgent story with the world.

Ammo Entertainment CEO Sairrino added, “I’m especially proud that all three producers of our film are female. We were fortunate to work with such an amazing group of up-and-coming talent, including our lead actress, Keana Marie. She captivated us from the first audition; as soon as we heard her, we knew we had found our Sarah. And we are grateful to Shaked Berenson and Entertainment Squad for their guidance in bringing this film to the public. We hope everyone, including the many fans of the original Japanese video game, will enjoy this thrilling and moving story.

J-Horror adaptation from AMMO Entertainment and Ammo Inc. Room 203 was licensed for worldwide release by Voltage Pictures and distributed in the United States by Vertical Entertainment earlier in 2022.

Recent Entertainment Squad movies include paper spiders with Lili Taylor, Stefanie LaVie Owens and Peyton List and the Daytime Emmy-nominated limited series judgment Day.

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