Film production, financing and distribution studio Epic Pictures Group has acquired the worldwide sales and distribution rights to the sci-fi thriller SOMNUS, written by Russell Owen and Chris Reading who also directs. Reading’s directorial debut, the film was completed in 2015 in the UK with Candr Pictures Ltd.
SOMNUS follows the crew of an aging cargo ship on their final mission working the monotonous Earth-Mars shipping route. Malfunctions aboard the ship force a change off course to Somnus, a remote asteroid colony. The crew soon discovers the inhabitants of the colony have a dark past, and troubling plans for the future of mankind.
The film is inspired by the iconic work of Douglas Trumbull in such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Reading stuck to practical techniques and shot with models and on location as much as possible. The interiors of SOMNUS space ship setting were shot in decommissioned military aircraft at the East Midland Aeropark with the help of enthusiastic volunteers there. Will be released later this year.
Epic Pictures, the studio responsible for recent beloved, critically acclaimed genre films including Turbo Kid, Nina Forever and Tales of Halloween, will be releasing their new sci-fi space thriller SOMNUS in select cities September 9th and on digital platforms everywhere October 4th.
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