It’s nice to see a studio take a risk, especially on something that’s so far out there it’s going to be nearly impossible to promote. Sony Pictures Worldwide has picked up worldwide rights to the Joseph Kahn-directed Detention, which is billed as an apocalyptic teen romantic comedy. The film preemed at the SXSW Film Festival where Bloody’s David Harley raved of its lunacy. There is a mass amount of pop culture references, so a release is pretty timely…
The movie, starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Shanley Caswell and directed by Joseph Kahn, claimed the Youth Jury prize for best FutureWave Feature Film at the just-concluded Seattle International Film Festival. “It concerns a group of students dealing with a slasher killer as they navigate their last year of high school.”
“The pace, energy and awesomeness Kahn has achieved in ‘Detention’ are completely mind-blowing in the best way possible,” said SPWA vp production Scott Shooman, who announced the acquisition along with SPWA senior vp business affairs Michael Helfand and Detention Films’ Abramoff and Weager.
Detention is going to split audiences into a strong love/hate relationship — get ready for controversy and plenty of theater lobby chatter. Uber awesome festival trailer inside.