Back in January Lionsgate made a pretty huge Sundance acquisition, nabbing the rights to distribute Spectravision’s Cooties (here’s our review), penned by and starring Saw co-creator Leigh Whannell.
Ryan Daley already says it could become a cult classic, and yet Lionsgate has worked to make it even better.
Wood talked with Twitch about his many projects, where he revealed that he and Lionsgate have shot a completely new ending to the zombie film!
That whole journey has been amazing. It took us three years to get the movie made. And then the response was so good at Sundance. Off of the pickup from Lion’s Gate, which was always the home we had hoped for, we ended up getting some more money to make a new ending, which we’re really excited about. We only had so much money, and the ending we made, we weren’t always that happy with, so we got to make a new ending and we’re psyched. I’m excited for people to see it, it’s really funny.
In the film starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Leigh Whannell, “a mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town, affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters. The virus centralizes in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee. Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realizing they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive.”
When can we expect to see it? Wood says January at the earliest.
The status is hopefully January of next year. It definitely won’t be this year, it’ll be after the first of the year, and we’re looking at January, but we’re still waiting to see from Lion’s Gate where they feel like it’s going to sit.
It’s actually pretty exciting that Lionsgate is so behind the movie that they’d give the filmmakers money to shoot even more footage in hopes of making it even better. I think this is one that should immediately land on your must-see radar.