Director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) Snow Piercer was picked up at AFM by The Weinstein Company, per Deadline. “The Weinstein Company has picked up the English-language rights to the thriller Snow Piercer from South Korea’s CJ Entertainment. Made at this year’s AFM, the deal for the multiple territory acquisition of the future-set film was in the seven figures. ”
Budgeted at roughly $39.2m (KW45bn), Snow Piercer will be Korea’s most expensive film by far. Kang Je-gyu’s war movie My Way currently holds the record with a $24.5m (KW28bn) budget. The film, based on the graphic novel “Le Transperceneige”, “is set in the not too distant future where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snow Piercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.”
The film stars Chris Evans (pictured above), John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and Ewen Bremner. Weinstein Company will distribute Snow Piercer in North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A summer 2013 release is “likely.”
Get your first look at Jason Momoa (Conan The Barbarian, “Game Of Thrones”), Merritt Patterson and Lucas Till in Wolves, the werewolf thriller from writer/director David Hayter.
In the film, “Till will portray an 18-year-old who’s forced to hit the road after the death of his parents and finds his way to an isolated town to hunt down the truth of his ancestry — giving rise to the question of who’s hunting whom.”
Copperheart Entertainment, French financier-sales agent TF1 Intl. and Telefilm Canada will co-finance Wolves which filmes in Toronto this fall.
Igor Studios’ Dave Elsey is designing the original creatures for Wolves He created “Beast” for X-Men: First Class, for which he won a Saturn Award. READ MORE
Dimension Films has shared the following promotion poster and imagery from Devil’s Knot at this past week’s American Film Market.
Directed by Atom Egoyan, and starring Stephen Moyer, Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Mireille Enos, Kristopher Higgins, Seth Meriwether, James Hamrick, Alessandro Nivola, Collette Wolfe, Kris Polaha, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan and Matt Letscher, Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three “Centers on an infamous Arkansas murder case that ended with the conviction of three teens based largely on their alleged fascination with the occult. Three children were savagely murdered in 1993. Weeks later, police announced the arrest of three teens accused of committing the murders as part of a satanic cult ritual. Among the evidence presented against the suspects to show their dark states of mind were posters of the rock band Metallica and books by Anne Rice and Stephen King.” READ MORE
Hong Kong director Herman Yau has started shooting his first 3D production, suspense horror The Second Coming, as a Hong Kong-Singapore-Taiwan co-production, says SCreen Daily.
Australian writer Ng Tin Chi, who also wrote the screenplay, is co-directing the film. The cast is headed by Hong Kong actors Maggie Siu, Kenny Wong and Don Li with up-and-coming Malaysian actress Joey Leong (Blood Ties).
“Leong plays a teenage daughter who starts to experience hauntings, forcing her family to confront their past and the unveiling of some uncomfortable truths.”
Yau and Ng are working with Singapore’s Widescreen Media for the stereoscopic 3D on the film. Widescreen previously worked on successful 3D films such as Bait 3D, Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate and upcoming Korea-China co-production Mr Go 3D.
Something we discovered at the American Film Market last week was that Matt Orlando’s The Sibling, starring Mischa Barton, Devon Sawa and Michael Clarke Dunkan, has been renamed to Resurrection.
In addition, here’s the film’s official synopsis: “Set during a single horrific day and night at a high school, a guidance counselor (Barton), the school principal (Duncan) and local police officer (Sawa), must save the lives of several trapped students before a paranormal entity kills them all.”
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Sales company Bleiberg Entertainment has posted the AFM promo sales art for our children’s horror tale Under the Bed, which was recently acquired by XLrator for U.S. distribution.
Penned by Eric Stolze, “Every child knows about the monster under the bed—Neal Hausman’s mistake was trying to fight it. Neal (Jonny Weston, “Chasing Mavericks”) has returned from a two-year exile following his tragic attempt to defeat the monster, only to find his father ticking ever closer to a breakdown, a new stepmother who fears him, and his little brother Paul (Gattlin Griffith, “Changeling”), terrorized by the same monster. While Neal and Paul work together to try and fight the nocturnal menace, their parents are taking desperate measures to get the family back to normal. With no support from their parents, the brothers have nothing to rely on but each other, and courage beyond belief.”
Steven C. Miller, who will see the release of his Silent Night later this year, directs. READ MORE
Scandinavian sales company TrustNordisk has shared promo art and new stills for their sci-fi-thriller Frost, which is for sale at the ongoing American Film Market.
Icelandic filmmaker Reynir Lyngdal has directed the film which is currently in production and is shot on a glacier in the Icelandic highlands.
“A young couple, physiologist Agla and filmmaker Gunnar wake up at a glacier drilling camp only to find the camp mysteriously abandoned and their co-workers gone. When searching for the lost team they realize they’re up against an unknown, deadly force.”
Ingvar Thordarson and Julius Kemp are producing for Kisi Production, with Markus Selin and Jukka Helle (Solar Films) and Karla Stojáková (Axman Production) co producing. It has backing from the Icelandic Film Centre. READ MORE
Remember the New Zealand Film Commission? Yeah, the guys who did one genre film including the likes of the brilliant Black Sheep. They’re back, and we caught wind of their latest genre offering out of the AFM.
Danny Mulheron directs Fresh Meat, about “A dysfunctional gang of criminals invade the home of a middle class Maori family and take them hostage. But this seemingly normal family has a deep, dark secret and when the fugitives discover the home abattoir, the tables are turned and the hunters become the hunted. There’s fresh meat for dinner (washed down with a nice Chianti of course).”
Temuera Morrison Hanna Tevita and Kate Elliott star.
Check out the teaser trailer inside, along with some stills and art. READ MORE
Here’s a weird little film we came across at the ongoing AFM. Entertainment One is behind Alfonso Acosta’s The Crack, which stars Fiona Horsey, Victoria Gaitán, Alan Daicz, Diego Peláez, Maruia Shelton, Santiago Heins and Billy Heins.
In the film, “A year after the murder of young Marcela, her family travels to an isolated country house, intending to heal its wounds. But in the hauntingly beautiful countryside, the trip will soon turn into a collective hell. The isolation unearths the memories of Marcela’s death, one son’s deep attraction to his aunt, another son’s hatred for his brother, and the dark fantasy that completely envelops the family’s 7 year-old twins, based on the macabre stories that their aunt tells them before bed. Soon the family members are sunk into a state of nightmarish insanity that some of them may not survive.”
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Jeffrey Coghlan directs the ridiculously titled #iKllr, which stars Emily Lawrence and Bryn Pryor.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution is selling the film at the ongoing American Film Market.
It’s based on a genuine Twitter account, and is “The real and shocking story of a young woman’s abduction, documented through a series of anonymous clips posted on the internet.”
Check out the trailer here. Art and long synopsis inside. READ MORE
Screen Daily reports that Steven Paul has wrapped production on Dracula: The Dark Prince, one of 10 features he has committed to producing in the next 12 months through his group of companies SP Entertainment Group, Crystal Edge and Crystal Sky (who had originally been behind Castlevania). The vampire project shot in Romania and stars Luke Roberts, Kelly Wenham and Jon Voight as Van Helsing. Pearry Teo (Dead Inside, Necromentia) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nicole Jones. “It’s a film that will appeal to the legion of Twilight fans around the world,” said Paul, making my stomach churn. “Our Dracula is a young, good-looking hero who is betrayed by those closest to him and exacts his revenge on a grand scale.”
Empress Road Pictures has unveiled a slate of horror titles, building on last year’s success with Elevator. Screen Daily reports that the LA-based firm is selling worldwide rights here to Dose of Reality, starring Fairuza Balk. “2AM, closing time: A cocky bar manager with a shady past and a young handsome bartender discover a beautiful woman bloodied and unconscious in the bathroom of a late night lounge. When she awakens, Tony, Matt and the mysterious Rose are plunged into a stirring evening of dangerous role playing in an ever-escalating game of cat and mouse that forces them to face the dark shadows of themselves. As we begin to piece together the elaborate puzzle, nothing is what it seems. However, one thing is for certain: this Rose is full of thorns.” Trailer inside, more at the official website.
They’ve also revealed JMR Luna’s found footage horror Stripped (pictured), “Five friends head to Vegas for a 21st birthday in hopes of finding adventure, debauchery and memories that will last them a lifetime.” Trailer inside, more at the official website.
It also has worldwide rights, excluding North America, to voyeurism thriller Gut and road trip horror Killer Holiday. READ MORE
Image Entertainment has picked up all U.S. rights to Roger Christian’s sci-fi thriller Stranded, starring Christian Slater, Variety reports. Stranded also stars Brendan Fehr, Amy Matysio and Michael Therriault. “Story is centered on four astronauts at a moonbase being unexpectedly struck by a series of meteor blasts and realizing that spores on a meteor have the ability to replicate cell structure, reproduce and mutate.”
Screen Daily adds that Celluloid Nightmares has struck a multi-territory deal with Wild Bunch on Home, Nicholas McCarthy’s follow-up to Sundance hit The Pact. Bunch will distribute Candlewood Entertainment’s horror film in France, Germany and Spain. “It tells the story of a young woman who investigates mysterious goings-on at a house where she learns the previous tenant unwittingly summoned the devil.”
A multi-territory deal has also been made with eOne on killer bee thriller Stung (pictured) covering the UK, Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia, among others. Director Benni Diez is preparing to commence production in Europe next spring. Adam Aresty wrote the screenplay “About a fancy garden party that goes wrong when a local species of wasp mutates, resulting in an attack by giant insects. It is left to two catering staff to thwart the onslaught and in the process develop a romance.”
CineTel Films has acquired international sales rights to action/thriller The Cure, written produced and directed by visual effects veteran David Gould. Antonia Prebble stars as “A scientist who discovers that the pharmaceutical company she works for had developed a cure for cancer years earlier. She attempts to release it to the world, unaware that the company will stop at nothing to prevent her.” Daniel Lissing also stars.
XLrator Media has acquired U.S. rights to Inbred, which is already out in the UK. Starring Jo Hartley (This is England 86/88, Ill Manors) and Seamus O’Neill (Dead Man’s Shoes, War Horse) as well as upcoming stars; James Burrows (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood) and Nadine Rose Mulkerrin (Waterloo Road).
“Four young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. Visiting the local pub, ‘The Dirty Hole’ which serves home-made (and suspiciously hairy) pork scratchings, they quickly realise they’ve made the wrong holiday choice. A minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved and it’s just a case of who will survive, and what will be left of them?”
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Bloody Disgusting learned out of AFM that Stealth Media is getting behind Splinter and The Grudge 3‘s Toby Wilkins latest creature feature, Dead Sand, which will star Zombieland and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane‘s Amber Heard (pictured). In the film, “Two humvees tear across a desert. Soldiers escort a captured terrorist leader, Gabir. During a “pit stop,” Gabir escapes into a nearby abandoned industrial complex. The sodliers chase, but before they find Gabir…an inhuman creature finds them. A frightful radio transmission is all that remains of their final mission…”
K5 International has boarded international sales for Robert Eggers’ The Witch of New-Canaan Woode, reports Screen Daily. “The horror film is set in 17th century New England, where a farming family is tormented by an evil witch.” The shoot is planned for spring/summer 2013.
Meanwhile, Maniac‘s Elijah Wood has boarded Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s first English-language picture Open Windows, an innovative, high-tech suspense thriller unfolding on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet. Shooting began this week on a high-security set in Madrid. It is Vigalondo’s third feature after the 2008 time-travelling tale Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial, a hit on the fantasy film festival circuit over the past 12 months. “The plot revolves around a desperate search by Wood’s character for an actress, played by The Girlfriend Experience lead Sasha Grey, who has been abducted by vicious villain Chord, played by British actor Neil Maskell.” Spanish producer Lavigne revealed the production would use 12 different types of camera, including webcams, head cameras, tablets, mobile phones, 3D mapping cameras as well as security and satellite cameras to shoot the multi-format picture.
Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has acquired world sales rights to M Blash’s The Wait starring Jena Malone and Chloë Sevigny, the site also reports. “‘The Wait’ charts what happens when a mysterious phone call from a psychic plunges a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.” Luke Grimes also stars.
Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Three Little Birds Productions acquired Among Friends for home video in Canada. This new horror film marks the directorial debut of scream queen Danielle Harris and is the story of a group of friends who get together for a murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.
“Among Friends is a twisted horror film about a dinner party gone wrong. Set against an 80s backdrop, good times take a dark turn when one in the group hijacks the evening in the name of Integrity. Through an attempt to help the others come clean about secret betrayals against one another, it’s revealed who’s willing to cut through the bone to expose the truth.”
In other news, Kaleidoscope Film Distributors shares the official trailer and poster for The Seasoning House, which follows an orphaned girl, imprisoned and put to work in a brothel by local militia, plots a bloody and brutal revenge against her captors. Paul Hyett (The SFX genius behind The Descent, Eden Lake, The Woman in Black) directs Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon, Dog Soldiers, Equilibrium), Kevin Howarth and Anna Walton (Hellboy 2, Mutant Chronicles).
“‘The Seasoning House’ is a grim and soulless place where young girls are bought and sold for men’s pleasure. Here we meet Angel (Rosie Day), a young, orphaned girl enslaved by Viktor (Kevin Howarth). Unbeknownst to her master, she moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the house – silently observing, learning and planning for her escape. When her closest confident is savagely killed, Angel can no longer contain her rage and sets out through both ingenuity and brutality to seek justice.” READ MORE
While it was announced literally 6 years ago that Panorama Media and producer Samuel Hadida had tapped Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill) to write a feature adaptation of the cult videogame Castle Wolfenstein, it’s now reported, via Variety, that he will also direct. Talks with U.S. distributors are already underway. The action-adventure story follows a young U.S. Army Captain and a British Special Agent on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be in attendance for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, our heroes are confronted with Himmler’s SS Paranormal Division and must fight, not only for their survival, but for a mission that could alter the course of WWII.
They also write that Lionsgate has hired Francis Lawrence to direct the final two The Hunger Games films with Danny Strong writing and Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth starring. Lawrence is currently directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie in the franchise. Lionsgate decided in July to split Mockingjay, the final book in the Suzanne Collins book trilogy, into two parts. That tome centers focus on Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads a rebellion against the ruling Capitol in the dystopian North America of the future as Everdeen is convinced to become “the Mockingjay” as a symbol of the rebellion. Catching Fire will open Nov. 22, 2013. Mockingjay Part 1 opens a year later on Nov. 21 and the final film will be released on Nov. 20, 2015.
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Dimension Films is selling their campus slasher Kristy as “Satanic” at the ongoing AFM. It’s unclear what the domestic title will be at this point in time. Check out some art inside.
Donkey Punch‘s Olly Blackburn directs with Haley Bennett just attached to star.
Described as a Rosemary’s Baby type thriller, here’s the official market synopsis: “With the rest of the campus home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold. Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine’s quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as her and her classmates are terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who her attackers are…and if they can be stopped.” READ MORE
We landed the AFM sales art for The Darkness, which will topline Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an American student looking after her tutor’s two children in a remote English manor house. She soon comes to believe that she and the children are being haunted when their lives are threatened by mysterious events.
The Last Exorcism‘s Daniel Stamm directs the pic being sold by Hanway.
Megan Holley penned the screenplay, “Sally, a young American student, becomes obsessed with her charismatic professor, Charles. He convinces Sally to spend the summer babysitting his two young children at his country estate. When Charles goes on a business trip Sally finds herself alone in the remote and imposing mansion. She suspects that the children know something about the house that they are not telling her, or perhaps it’s the house itself that is keeping secrets.” READ MORE
Dimension Films announced out of the American Film Market that they’re in pre-production on House of Horror, which is to be produced by Saw and Insidious helmer James Wan.
Max La Bella penned the screenplay for Wan, with Will Canon attached to direct. Maria Bello is not confirmed to star at this point.
“In the aftermath of a horrific massacre, lead Detective, Mark Lewis, and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question a suspect for the brutal murder of five college students. THE (D)EVIL MADE HIM DO IT.”
Check out some new sales art inside. READ MORE
My favorite discovery out of the American Film Market is Matty Beckerman‘s Project Blue Book, which is to be produced by Shark Night 3D, Hostel, Hostel: Part II, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)‘s Mike Fleiss and Reservoir Dogs‘ Lawrence Bender. We first discovered this project exclusively back in 2011 when it was untitled. The project implies there’s a connection to the infamous conspiracy theory “Project Blue Beam” (look it up, it’s nuts). Check out some sales art inside.
“A terrifying sci-fi story inspired by dramatic found footage, ‘Project Blue Book’ preys on our fear of the unknown as we follow an average American family who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
While driving to a campsite in the Brown Mountains of North Carolina, the Morris family’s GPS malfunctions and they are lead to a remote tunnel surrounded by abandoned vehicles. The father, Peter Morris is abducted leaving his traumatized wife and children to flee and seek refusge in a nearby cabin. There, they are horrified to learn that strange lights in the nearby mountains have been linked to alien abduction and human sacrifice for centuries.
When their attempts to alert the authorities are intercepted by the deadly extraterrestrial threat, the surviving members of teh family find themselves under siege. A brutal and bloody attack unfolds as we witness the horror through the lens of the youngest child’s video camera.” READ MORE
Marketing and branded entertainment company Dilemma plans to move into movies with a feature film adaptation of Martin Shapiro‘s horror comic Chopper, Variety reports. Company founder and producer J.C. Christofilis has optioned a script from Shapiro for a project described as a modern spin on the “Sleepy Hollow” mythology, with storylines revolving around a headless outlaw biker seeking vengeance in the afterlife. The feature was first announced at the San Diego Comic-Con in July.
They also report that Resolution Independent is headed for the Arctic, producing action-adventure movie Cold Patrol with Nikolai Pigarev directing. Cold Patrol, penned by Christopher Webster, “Follows an elite military dog sled team uncovering a plot to release a dangerous new organism — while fending off zombie polar bears.” Resolution topper Pete Ford is producing Cold Patrol with shooting starting next spring in the Baltic portion of the Arctic Circle at several Soviet era towns and military bases.
UK distributor Metrodome – through subsidiary Cinedome – is the latest UK outfit to set up a low budget genre slate. Metrodome will be co-producing between 4-5 features a year from 2013 with full or part funding for projects through the company’s EIS partnership. Among the development projects is Whitaker, a contemporary take on “Frankenstein,” produced by Kill List, Sightseers and Freakshift producers Rook Films. Screen Daily reports.
The first on the slate is horror The Borderlands, “About a team of Vatican investigators sent to the British West Country to investigate reports of sinister events at a remote church.” Currently in post-production, Salt will be selling at the AFM. UK release is set for mid 2013. Regular Ben Wheatley collaborator Robin Hill stars, with Jennifer Handorf producing.
Slayer is a supernatural thriller based in Roman Britain, produced by Outpost‘s Black Camel and directed by Sam Walker. The Monsters is a thriller set against football hooliganism. READ MORE
Troma Studios brought Return To Nuke ‘Em High, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, to the American Film Market in Santa Monica yesterdy. It’s worth noting that the colorful poster they brought with them drops “Class” from the title, which kind of makes the whole thing roll of the tongue better.
Produced in association with STARZ Media, the film is “a satirical sci-fi comedy concerning idealistic students, overcoming bullying, and love triumphing over prejudice. The themes are in the same vein as other classics such as ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘Carrie’, seen through the unique vision of the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into hideous Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lovers/bloggers must fight not only mutants and monsters, but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Will they save Tromaville High School and the world?”
No word on a release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Head inside for the poster! READ MORE
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Film Arcade are going to hell, as they’ve acquired varying rights to J.T. Petty’s horror comedy movie Hellbenders for North America and select foreign territories, reports Variety. We reviewed the film out of this past September’s TIFF.
Film Arcade plans a US theatrical release with the release date announcement expected to come shortly. Meanwhile, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will be handling the post-theatrical release of the film in the US, Canada and India.
“It follows the exploits of the Brooklyn-based Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints — known as Hellbenders, a team of lewd and blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery in order to be ready so they can drag the worst of demons back to Hell. Their faith of the Hellbenders is tested when one of the foulest demons possess one of their own and threatens the existence of both Brooklyn and the world.”
Hellbenders stars Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins Jr., Andre Royo, Robyn Rikoon, Macon Blair and Dan Folger. The film was shot in digital 3D. READ MORE
BAFTA-nominated Tom Harper (The Scouting Book for Boys, Misfits) is gearing up to direct The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, the sequel to horror smash The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, that was adapted from a Susan Hill story. The plot revolves around Eel Marsh House four decades after original.
Penned by Jon Croker, “Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh Harsh has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black.”
It will shoot likely next spring. Head inside for the art! READ MORE