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[EFM ’13 Bites] ‘Mega Spider’ Begins To Sell; ‘Body Art’ Gains Sigourney Weaver; Weinstein Company Acquires And Dates ‘Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy’

Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast of Body Art, Luca Guadagnino’s new film based on the novel “The Body Artist” by Don DeLillo, Screen Daily reports. The film, shooting this summer in Portugal, also stars Isabelle Huppert, David Cronenberg and Denis Lavant. Written by Guadagnino, “Body Art stars Huppert as a woman who, grieving after her husband’s death, discovers that a stranger is living in her upstairs room.

The site also reports that The Weinstein Company has acquired US rights to Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy, which they’ve committed to release on February 14, 2014. Blood Sisters is the first instalment in Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy” property that comprises six books and two graphic novels. Mark Waters will direct from a screenplay by his brother Dan Waters, “About two friends who attend a strict school for vampires where they team up with their guardian to battle evil forces.” Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry will star.

Epic Pictures Group has closed key territories at the EFM on Mega Spider, the upcoming SXSW entry known in the US as Big Ass Spider! Rights have gone to Splendid for Germany and Benelux, FIP for France, Daro for CIS, Presidio for Japan, M Pictures for Thailand, Sonamu for South Korea, Star Alliance for China and Eagle Films for the Middle East. US news forthcoming. Mike Mendez’s Mega SpiderCenters on a team of scientists and an exterminator who race to destroy a giant rampaging arachnid in Los Angeles.




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