Content has sold Nicholas McCarthy’s Sundance ghost story The Pact (review) to Entertainment One (UK, Australia and New Zealand), Ascot Elite (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), Klockworx (Japan), Playarte (Brazil), EEAP (CIS, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Ex-Yugoslavia, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania), Gulf Film (Middle East), Lusomundo (Portugal) and Medyavizyon (Turkey). As previously reported, IFC Midnight bought for North America. “The story is about sisters who return to their family home and discover secrets about their mother’s past.” The cast includes Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mark Steger, Sam Ball and Agnes Bruckner.
U.K. indie distribution banner Metrodome, floated on the Alternative Investment Market, scared up a U.K. and Irish rights deal memo for horror thriller Lovely Molly (review), starring newcomer Gretchen Lodge. Directed by Eduardo Sanchez, best-known for The Blair Witch Project, the movie is billed as a disturbing haunted house possession story. It unspooled at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Image Entertainment has previously secured U.S. rights to the movie.
Synchronicity Films and Macgwoan Films, in association with Del Rio Films, have announced they are co-producing psychological thriller The Devil’s Staircase. The adaptation will be helmed by Sergio Casci from the novel of the same name by best selling Scotland based Australian novelist Helen Fitzgerald. Billed as “elevated film noir,” “ ‘The Devil’s Staircase’ is a psychological thriller about a young Australian girl with a big secret who runs away to London before breaking into a abandoned London townhouse with a group of backpackers, seeking a rent-free life of debauchery. She’s never taken drugs, had sex or killed anyone. Within six weeks she’s done all three.” The UK – Australian co-production will shoot in Scotland and Australia late 2012.