Thursday, May 23, 2024

No Kidding: Comedian Turned Movie Mogul Byron Allen Will Release “47 Meters Down” Sequel to Surprise Hit


Comic unleashed, indeed! Byron Allen, known for his syndicated shows with fellow comedians, has become a movie mogul over the past year. Did you know that?

Allen has just announced he’ll be released “48 Meters Down,” the sequel to his company Entertainment Studios’ “47 Meters Down.” The latter movie is the biggest indie hit of 2017.

Allen released “47 Meters Down” back in June after rescuing it from the fading Dimension Films, the commercial side of Weinstein Company run by Bob Weinstein. Dimension was going to release “47 Meters Down” under a different name straight to video. But Allen saw the potential of a shark movie with Mandy Moore, and went for it.

In Toronto this fall, Allen scooped by three more new films including festival faves “Chappaquidick” and “Hostiles.”

So stand back, everyone. We’ve got a new and serious player on the scene– and one who everyone will like!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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