I probably shouldn’t use the word limbo since it doesn’t exist anymore, but I think it best describes where Lucky McKee’s ill-fated follow-up to May is right now. Sony Screen Gems now owns Lucky’s second feature film The Woods, courtesy of MGM and United Pictures, but because of the transaction the film has become trapped in a world without a release date. The bad news continues, according to an article by the Los Angeles Times. Read on for the story…Here’s some bits from the The Los Angeles Times:
“One of the great, great tragedies of a situation like this is [films get abandoned] all too often,” says Bingham Ray, who was running United Artists when it made “Romance & Cigarettes” and “The Woods,” another movie caught in the MGM-Sony merger.
Like Turturro’s musical, the $8-million thriller “The Woods” was a completed United Artists movie when owner MGM was merged into Sony. United Artists had planned to release both “The Woods” and “Romance & Cigarettes” last summer, but the distribution plans were scrapped when the deal closed.
“There isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t think about our movie and try to figure out a way to generate some momentum for it,” says Sean Furst, who produced “The Woods.”
The Woods is a psychological horror story that begins when a neglected teenager named Heather (Agnes Bruckner) is dropped off by her parents at a remote all-girls boarding school deep in the forest. Watched over by sinister headmistress Ms. Traverse (Patricia Clarkson) and her staff, Heather is tormented by her classmates and is desperate to go home. But when students start disappearing and she begins to have horrifying visions, Heather realizes things at the school are not what they seem. She only knows there’s something out there in the woods – and it won’t be letting her leave any time soon.