Screen Media has purchased the North American distribution rights for 2013’s “Virtually Heroes.” In a press release (via Variety), Screen Media said they were “excited to bring this lost Corman project to our audiences.” The film is a perfect mix of action and humorous and ironic comedy. The film will receive a limited engagement in select theaters in December and will be available for digital purchase before becoming available to stream on Popcornflix in February 2023.
The plot of the film has been difficult to pin down for years. In a 2015 interview with Independent Film Quarterly, Hamill’s co-star in the film, Robert Baker, said of the film, “‘Virtually Heroes’ is a movie that takes place in a video game where my character, Sergeant Books, is aware that he is a character in a video game and has an existential crisis about being a character in a video game.” It doesn’t look like your average video game movie and reflects Corman’s penchant for quirky humor.
In a 2013 comment on his Facebook post, Corman said he had “not looked for a distributor yet. [‘Virtually Heroes’] toured the festival first.” Unfortunately, like many independent projects, the film fell victim to not being acquired by a distributor for a number of reasons and went out of sight, out of mind over the last 9 years.
“Virtually Heroes” receives a limited theatrical release in December 2022.