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[AFM ’12] Elijah Wood To Topline ‘Saw’ Writer’s ‘Cooties’!

Synchronicity Entertainment, the new genre film production and international sales label launched by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel’s The Solution Entertainment Group has unveiled its debut slate of three new feature films including: the horror film Cooties from the co-creator of the Saw franchise and Insidious writer Leigh Whannell and Paranormal Activity producer Steven Schneider; the thriller Due Process starring Golden Globe nominee John Cusack; and the completed psychological thriller Smiley.

Starring Elijah Wood (pictured in Maniac), Cooties is produced by top horror film producer Steven Schneider, who is behind the hugely successful Paranormal Activity franchise including the latest installment, Paranormal Activity 4.

Cooties is written by horror powerhouse Leigh Whannell, who penned and executive produced the Saw films and wrote Insidious. Whannell co-writes Cooties with Ian Brennan –writer and co-creator of Fox’s “Glee.” To be directed by Ace Norton, “The film begins when a mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against the monstrous pupils.

Wood is also set to produce Cooties with partners Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller under his new horror film production company, The Woodshed, which recently announced the films Toad Road and A Girl Walks Home Alone Tonight.

Set to start production in April 2013, Cooties is executive produced by The Solution who arranged the financing. Writers Whannell and Brennan are also executive producers on the film. Paradigm is handling North American rights.




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