WWE Studios announced today it has acquired all US distribution rights to the Toronto International Film Festival cult hit The Day, Doug Aarniokoski’s visceral action thriller. The film screened to sold-out crowds in the Midnight Madness section of the Festival.
Aarniokoski is currently directing the Lionsgate film Nurse 3D. The Day is a nightmarish 24 hour look into the lives of a band of survivors fighting to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world.
The Day stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men Trilogy, Mother’s Day), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Michael Eklund (Watchmen, 88 Minutes), Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles, Gran Torino), Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” Lord of the Rings), and Shannyn Sossamon (One Missed Call, A Knight’s Tale, Road to Nowhere). The film features music by Rock Mafia.
The film was written by Luke Passmore and produced by Guy A. Danella.
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen an indie genre film get this much hype. The difference is that people have actually seen Joe Cornish’s UK Attack the Block, and have since raved about it (our own David Harley caught it at SXSW where it won the “Midnight Feature Audience Award”; read his review). Even horror icon Eli Roth spent the past two days sticking on the topic via his personal Twitter. I personally have yet to see a negative reaction.
The hype is real…
Sony Screen Gems, known for mediocre PG-13 thrillers, has acquired it. Could this be the start of something new? Let’s hope so!
Attack The Block pits a gang of South London inner city youths against marauding aliens. Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost star. Popular Shaun of the Dead star Edgar Wright served as executive producer.