Zombeavers, pictured above, has taken a bite out of the Cannes market as Epic Pictures announced a slew of deals. The horror comedy received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month after the trailer went viral, generating more than 2.5m hits. Rights have gone to Benelux and German-speaking Europe (Splendid Films), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), France (Zylo), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow) and the Middle East (Prime Pictures). Epic is understood to be closing a multi-territory deal with a major distributor for the UK, Scandinavia, Latin America and Eastern Europe excluding Russia and a pan-Asian pay-TV deal with a studio. Negotiations are ongoing for Russia, Taiwan and South Korea. Jordan Rubin directed the “tale of girlfriends at a lakeside getaway who get attacked by mutant rodents.” Singer-songwriter John Mayer has a cameo alongside cast members Bill Burr, Hutch Dano, Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Rex Linn, Lexi Atkins, Jake Weary and Peter Gilroy. Screen Daily reports.
The site also says that Soda Pictures has acquired UK rights to completed Genesis Film Sales thriller Soulmate, pictured below, now due for a July release. Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale) and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) star in “the story of a young widow who is disturbed by a cottage’s previous inhabitant after a failed suicide attempt.” Writer-director Axelle Carolyn’s feature debut is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) presentation for Sterling Pictures.
Lastly, Arifin Putra (Uco from The Raid 2), Oka Antara (Eka from The Raid 2), Rio Dewanto (Joko Anwar’s Modus Anomali), Prisia Nasution (Sang Penari) and Kelly Tandiono (L is for Libido – The ABCs Of Death) join The Night Comes For Us, which was already acquired by RADiUS-TWC for release in 2015. “Joe Taslim will star as Ito, a Gangland Enforcer who returns to his local crime family in Jakarta after a stint with the notorious South East Asian Triad. He returns to find himself trapped in a word of betrayal and chaos as the Triad is moving towards a bloody campaign of territorial expansion.” The Raid 2‘s Julie Estelle, dubbed “Hammer Girl”, also stars in the film from Timo Tjahjanto, the man behind Macabre, the “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S/2, and the forthcoming Sundance selection, Killers.