Island Records and Vertigo Releasing are partnering on the UK and Ireland release of British crime thriller The Intent 2: The Come Up.
The film, which is the prequel to 2016’s The Intent, is set for a cinema release in the autumn. Written by and starring Nicky Slimting Walker and Femi Oyeniran, the thriller features UK grime talent including Ghetts in a lead role.
Other key cast members include Krept & Konan, Fekky and Popcaan, alongside Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Anuvahood), Ashley Chin (Starred Up, Anuvahood), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Bad Girls, Top Boy) and Dylan Duffus (Line of Duty, The Intent).
Rupert Preston, of Vertigo Releasing, said: "This is all set to be one of the most exciting and commercial UK independent movies of the year. We can’t wait to build upon the grassroots success of the first film and launch this film into cinemas all across the UK in the autumn. Working with Nicky, Femi and the whole Island team is what independent film-making and distribution is all about."
Darcus Beese, president, Island Records, said: “We are really excited to be in business with Nicky and Femi, these guys have made a dope film and we want to help them bring it to as big an audience as possible. With the new Urban Division under Alex Boateng, Island is looking to be involved in, and to effect, the culture in new ways and this film gives us the opportunity to be a part of the film making process and to shine a light on the incredible talent, writers, director and, actors in this country.”
Nicky Slimting Walker and Femi Oyeniran commented: “It has always been our dream to work with a record label as we’ve always believed they have more understanding of the commercial potency of Black British culture. Island’s history made them a perfect home for us. To be able to team up with Vertigo who have brought us some of the most successful home-grown films in the past decade makes this a winning combination.”
Subscribers can read more about plans for Island's Urban Division here.