Syfy has announced a new film division in an attempt to break into cinema. Simply called Syfy Films, the new arm of the company will focus on distributing feature length original films for both theatrical releases and releases on Video on Demand services.
The first film set to be released on January 12, 2016 is a psychological thriller titled 400 Days. The movie, written and directed by Matt Ostermann, follows a small group of astronauts taking part in an extended experiment to observe the effects of potential deep space travel via a simulated voyage. Locked away from the world for 400 days to simulate the effects of isolation and containment, the astronauts begin to lose control of themselves after contact with the scientists running the experiment suddenly stops.
It’s worth noting that this new film division has no relation to production house Asylum, the company responsible for the hysterically bad television movies that air on the Syfy network such as Sharknado. This would appear to be a serious effort to break into film, in keeping with the television network’s struggle to regain credibility in recent years with quality science fiction programming. To that end, Syfy Films has tapped a decent cast for their maiden voyage including Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends of Tomorrow) and Caity Lotz (Arrow, Mad Men).