After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.
After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die For” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.
Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 is expected out in the third quarter of 2013.
After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc).
After partnering with Joel Silver for After Dark Action, Solomon and Silver extended their partnership to produce, along with IM Global, a $40 million independent action thriller, Bullet to the Head. Since Solomon’s true passion lies in directing, he has returned to the director’s chair with Getaway, a fast-paced action film starring Academy Award Nominee Ethan Hawke as Brent Magna and Double Platinum recording artist Selena Gomez as The Kid. Warner Brothers will manage Worldwide Theatrical Distribution on both films. Getaway was released in theaters on August 30th, 2013.
A longtime fan of the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, Solomon began negotiations for the film rights as a teenager, finally acquiring them in the 1990s to make his directing and producing debut with actors Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans and Thora Birch. He is currently producing a new “Dungeons & Dragons” film for Warner Brothers under his Sweetpea Entertainment production entity.
Up next for After Dark Films is Solomon’s passion project, Re-Kill. Starring Scott Adkins and Bruce Payne, Re-Kill is set in a post-apocalyptic future where “Re-animates” have overrun civilization and the survivors must think on their feet if they are going to have any chance of living through the onslaught.