Bait director Kimble Rendall is taking on a new kind of terror, this spinning horrific webs with spiders. Darclight is selling The Next 3D at the ongoing EFM, which begins “When an Australian scientist goes missing in the Chinese desert, a team of his friends and colleagues embark on a search and rescue mission. However, once in the wilderness, the search party is forced by a flash fire to abandon its mission, and on seeking shelter in an abandoned building, they find themselves face to face with an even more terrifying threat: the Funnel Webs. Swarms of the deadliest subterranean spiders have been driven to the surface by the heat and now the mission has quickly become one of survival.”
The company is also pre-selling Bait 2 3D, which is currently in development with no story or director attached.
Also on the EFM slate is Daric Gates’ The Appearing, via Spotlight Pictures. We’ve landed the sales art and trailer out of the Berlin market. Dean Cain (“Rat Race” “TV’s Superman”), Don Swayze (“Payback” “Most Wanted”), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side” “Paranormal Movie”), Will Wallace (“The Tree of Life” “The Thin Red Line”) all star in the film about “A woman once controlled by a mysterious entity uncovers a shocking secret about her past and must face the demon that is lurking inside of her.”
Lastly, filming is scheduled in Toronto for the sci-fi movie Debug, written and directed by and starring David Hewlett, best known from roles in Cube, Splice, Haunter and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The film is said to follow six computer hackers who are sent to work on a derelict space freighter and are forced to match wits with a vengeful artificial intelligence that would kill to be human. Copperheart Entertainment and Hewlett’s wife Jane Loughman produce. Production is scheduled to take place Feb. 14 until March 8 at Pinewood Toronto Studios. READ MORE
Mark Hartley quietly finished shooting his remake of Patrick for Bankside Films.
Being sold at the ongoing EFM in Berlin, we have a first look at the film that stars You’re Next‘s Sharni Vinson, Rachel Griffiths and Charles Dance.
In the film, “After killing his mother and her lover some years before, Patrick is the comatose patient in room 15 of a remote, private psychiatric clinic…”
We’ve also included a tiny look at a new sales poster. READ MORE
Christian Slater stars in the menacing sci-fi thriller, Stranded, co-written and to be directed by Academy Award winner Roger Christian.
Doing some digging, Bloody landed the official EFM sales art, along with 19 hi-res images and the international sales trailer! Behold!
“Gerard (Christian Slater) leads three other astronauts on a mission,when a meteor suddenly collides with their space station putting the lives of the entire crew in danger. Those on board quickly learn that spores from the meteorite can replicate cell structure, reproduce, and mutate. Ava, the only female astronaut becomes infected, showing signs of pregnancy at a rapid rate. Within 36 hours she gives birth to a creature that mutates into the life form of another crew member. As the astronauts begin to experience this sinister presence, the virus spreads and Gerard urges for the killing of Ava. The alien being targets the crew one by one, leaving those remaining to destroy it before all are killed.” READ MORE
While no director is yet attached, Chomp 3D is for pre-sale at the ongoing EFM, and we’ve landed the sales poster.
Chomp is said to mix the humor of Gremlins with the sheer terror and smarts of Deep Blue Sea, and is set against the back drop of the Louisiana Bayou, flavored with the Cajun culture. It will be shot in 3D and produced by Golden Globe nominee, Dan Grodnik and executive-produced by multiple Indie Spirit nominee, Nick Stiliadis. The story is written by Louisiana native, ex ATF agent and award winning author and screenwriter Chuck Hustmyre.
The intention is to deliver Chomp 3D with a PG-13 rating in order to maximize the target audience and its commercial prospects. Check out the art and long synopsis inside. READ MORE
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 Spider “Centers on a team of scientists and an exterminator who race to destroy a giant rampaging arachnid in Los Angeles.” READ MORE
VMI Worldwide announced today that it has sold North American rights of the action-sci-fi-horror movie Gallowwalkers, starring Wesley Snipes (Blade) to Wrekin Hill Entertainment as well as Japan to Presidio and the Middle-East to Phoenicia.
Gallowwalkers, which stars Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page, Simona Brhlikova and Jonathan Garcia, received its market premiere screening in February 8. Andrew Goth and Joanne Ray directed the story of a cursed gunman who incurs the wrath of undead warriors after he kills the gang that murdered his lover.
“Gallowwalkers is the story of a mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), the son of a nun, who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. Her break with God curses her son to be hunted by all those who die by his hand – When he takes revenge on a gang that murdered his love, the gang rises as a cursed crew of undead warriors and hunt him mercilessly, seeking their ‘dying’ revenge.” READ MORE
The EFM is destroying my Saturday morning as I’m stuck reporting on various, unnecessary horror sequels that I will be the first in line to see. Unnecessary? Ok, I should shut my mouth.
Writer and director Tommy Wirkola, who saw his studio debut Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters hit theaters last month, is returning to his native Norway to direct the action-filled Dead Snow: War of the Dead, reports Screen Daily.
“Set to be released in both English and Norwegian, the new film follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of the Zombie Squad, a professional gang of zombie killers from the US.”
The film is a sequel to Wirkola’s successful cult hit Dead Snow, which premiered at Sundance in 2009. I really disliked the first film, although I thought Wirkola’s heart was in the right place. Hopefully, this time around, he’ll knock it out of the park.
Wirkola says of the new script: “[It's] bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one.”
While the first film felt like the short stretched into a feature, there were some genuinely scary moments in Nicholas McCarthy’s Sundance haunter The Pact. It apparently did well internationally as Content has commenced pre-sales on horror title The Pact 2 at the ongoing EFM, stated Screen Daily.
Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath wrote and will direct the sequel, which starts shooing in spring.
“The sequel takes place weeks after Annie Barlow’s confrontation with the Judas Killer from the first film. In Pact 2 a new protagonist, June, is terrified by lucid nightmares that impact on her waking life.”
The sequel marks the second film produced through Preferred Film & TV, the joint venture created by Content and Preferred Content. Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M Dinerstein will produce and Content’s Jamie Carmichael and The Pact writer-director Nicholas McCarthy serve as executive producers.
The Pact is now available here in the States via IFC Film. READ MORE
Odin’s Eye Productions is partnering with Wolf Creek Pictures to produce hybrid genre film Territorial, to be directed by Matthew Holmes, reports Screen Daily. Scripted by Matthew Holmes and Alex James, Territorial is a creature feature that combines classic thriller-horror with the Western genre. Film Victoria has contributed development finance to the project which is scheduled to start shooting in September 2013. Wolf Creek Pictures is the production company behind hit Australian horror Wolf Creek. The company is currently in production on its sequel Wolf Creek 2.
The site also reports that Raven Banner Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Nicholas David Lean’s genre bender Dead End, also known as Hard Shoulder. The Toronto-based company has been meeting with buyers to talk up the “Tale of a family that takes a road movie to the Welsh moors and fall foul of a convoy of violent carnival travelers.” Check out the UK DVD art inside, as well as the international trailer.
Sounding a bit like “The Most Dangerous Game,” 108 Media and Paladin are drawing Autumn Blood,” acquiring worldwide rights to Markus Blunder‘s Austrian thriller with plans for a North American release this year. Filmed in English, “Blood focuses on an orphaned brother and sister who live an idyllic secluded life in the Alps when they find themselves stalked and hunted for sport.” Australian thesp Sophie Lowe (“Two Mothers”) stars, with Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgard and Samuel Vauramo playing the antagonists. Check out the sales art inside. READ MORE
Bleiberg Entertainment (Under the Bed) is selling The Ganzfeld Experiment‘s out of the EFM in Berlin.
Currently in post-production, “In this sexy, paranormal thriller, four psychology students gather in a secluded house over a weekend to try the Ganzfeld Experiment, a test of their potential extrasensory perception (ESP) abilities. In doing so, they lose touch with what is and isn’t real as their senses betray them and they find themselves asking: what if you can’t forget that what you could not remember?”
Rumer Willis (Sorority Row), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan), Taylor Cole (“The Violent Kind”), and Ryan Donowho (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero) star alongside veteran actors Holt McCallany (Fight Club) and Dominic Purcell (“Prison Break”). It was written and directed by Michael Oblowitz (“This World, Then the Fireworks”).
Check out the EFM sales art inside. READ MORE
Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, announced today that major sales have been completed on the recently wrapped Hammer supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, starring Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Sam Claflin (Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
Lionsgate has picked up UK distribution rights to the film. Exclusive has also signed deals with EEAP for Eastern Europe and CIS, Independent for Benelux, Ascot Elite for Switzerland, CDC for Latin America, CCC for Japan, Nu Metro for South Africa and Front Row for the Middle East. In addition, other territory deals for the film include Deltamac for Hong Kong, Tanweer for India and Pakistan, , D Productions for Turkey, Village Roadshow for Greece, Sam Films for Iceland, United King for Israel, PT Amero for Indonesia, Lotus Five Star for Malaysia, M Pictures for Thailand, Pioneer for Philippines and Star TV for SE Asia. The U.S. is soon to follow!
Written and directed by Quarantine 2‘s John Pogue, “The Quiet Ones is inspired by true events and tells the story of an unorthodox, but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy.”
Check out a hi-res look at the first ever image below. READ MORE
New on Salt’s (Grabbers) slate is horror Whitaker, executive-produced by Kill List and Sightseers‘ Ben Wheatley and produced by Wheatley regular Andrew Starke of Rook Films.
Commercials and shorts director Jim Hosking makes his feature debut on “The story of a maverick scientist who discovers a way to swap bodies with unwitting victims leading to terrifying consequences.” It reminds me of the “Tales From the Crypt” episode entitled “The Switch”.
Currently out to cast for a summer shoot, the film is the second on UK distributor-producer Metrodome’s genre slate.
Actress Bipasha Basu shared the following EFM sales poster for Creature 3D, not to be confused with Fred Andrews’ garbage from 2011, to be directed by India’s Vikram Bhatt.
Said the actress: “Excited to be a part of Creature, directed by Vikram Bhatt, India’s first 3D creature film!
“Its on the lines of Anaconda n Jurassic Park,” she exclaimed before adding that it’s “a thrilling adventure n full on entertainment!”
Bhatt directed Fear, Haunted 3D and Raaz 3: The Third Dimension. READ MORE
From The Host‘s Bong Joon-ho comes the international quad for Snowpiercer, via Twitch Film.
Being sold by the Weinstein Company at the ongoing EFM, the post-apocalyptic thriller stars Captain America‘s Chris Evans, as wel as Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Song Kang-ho, Ewen Bremner and Kenny Doughty.
The French graphic novel follows a group of people on a train without a final destination, struggling to survive after the end of the world brings on a cataclysmic ice age. READ MORE
Just the other day it was announced that The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick would be taking his stop-motion animated The Shadow King to the EFM to get the project financed.
Website Bleeding Cool not only scored the Berlin sales poster, but also learned of the film’s voice cast: Jaden Betts as Hap; Pamela Adlon as Richard; Brendan Gleeson as Darce; Jeffrey Tambor as Cuzzie Bell; and Catherine O’Hara as Miss Fern.
In addition, here’s the official market synopsis: “The Shadow King is a deliciously magical tale about nine-year-old New York orphan Hap who hides his fantastically weird hands with long fingers from a cruel world. But when a living shadow girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come to life, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous monster bent on killing Hap’s brother Richard and ultimately destroying New York.” READ MORE
It looks like Charlize Theron (Prometheus) might – might – be pinch hitting for Amy Adams for writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) in Dark Places, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.
Per Deadline, “Adams has since fallen out and I understand from myriad sources that Charlize Theron is orbiting the story… Theron’s involvement is not locked, but there is interest on both sides and a deal would involve her producing through her Denver & Delilah with partner Beth Kono.”
In the film “[Theron would play] Libby Day, a woman who, at seven-years old, survived the brutal massacre of her family and testified against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club, a secret-society obsessed with solving notorious crimes, bring her to question and confront the truth of what took place that day.”
The film’s budget is a modestly reasonable $15 Million and it would start shooting in March.
Highland Film Group will commence worldwide sales in Berlin on Silver Lining Media Group’s supernatural thriller The Culling, reports Screen Daily.
Production wrapped recently in Louisiana on the story of college friends who encounter dark forces at a remote farmhouse.
“The Culling centers on a group of five college friends who head out of town for a fun-filled long weekend but their plans change after finding a 7-year-old girl alone at an empty cafe along the highway and have no choice but to drive her home. When they arrive at her house it’s quickly apparent they will have to stay for the night — but what’s not apparent is the evil nightmare they are about to encounter.” Harley Graham plays the 7-year-old and her parents are portrayed by Johnathon Schaech and Virginia Williams.
Rustam Branaman wrote and directed The Culling, which also stars Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Brett Davern, Linsey Godfrey and Chris Coy .
New Orleans-based genre specialist Silver Lining Media Group financed the film in conjunction with Gold Star Films and Dro Entertainment. READ MORE
Cinedigm and Voltage Pictures are partnering on a three-year, five-picture output deal with newly minted genre label Rapid Eye Film, says Screen Daily.
Founded by filmmaker Marco Weber, Rapid Eye will develop, finance and produce the films, and Cinedigm will provide a U.S. theatrical release plus VOD, digital, TV and DVD. Nic Chartier’s Voltage Pictures will handle international sales.
Weber’s sci-fi thriller Unraveling, described as a cross of Angel Heart and Seven, is the first title covered under the partnership. Casting is under way with Weber directing from his own schpt and producing alongside his longtime producing partner Vanessa Coifman (A Late Quartet) and Miggel Schwickerath (The Informers).
Unraveling will shoot in Los Angeles this spring.
It was announced the other day that Wesley Snipes starrer Gallowwalkers will be for sale at next week’s Berlin European Film Market. Bloody Disgusting has been given an exclusive first look at the sales art designed by Designworks (Dzynwrx.com).
Gallowwalkers, which stars Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page, Simona Brhlikova and Jonathan Garcia, will receive its market premiere screening in February 8. Andrew Goth and Joanne Ray directed the story of a cursed gunman who incurs the wrath of undead warriors after he kills the gang that murdered his lover.
“Gallowwalkers is the story of a mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), the son of a nun, who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. Her break with God curses her son to be hunted by all those who die by his hand – When he takes revenge on a gang that murdered his love, the gang rises as a cursed crew of undead warriors and hunt him mercilessly, seeking their ‘dying’ revenge.”
Courtney Lauren Penn and Brandon Burrows of bi-coastal Boundless Pictures produced and UK-based Jack Bowyer served as executive producer.. READ MORE
Paris-based Memento Film International has picked up international rights to found footage horror picture S-VHS, following its premiere in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival last week, reports Screen Daily.
The picture is the sequel to V/H/S, which had members of the audience fainting in the aisles when it premiered in Sundance last year. News of deal follows Friday’s announcement that WME, which represented North America, had sold the picture to Magnolia which also distributed V/H/S.
“We’re already big fans of the first one, which was super scary and smart,” said Memento head of international sales Tanja Meissner.
“This one takes it to another level. The talent of the directors involved and the new orientations on the found footage exercise makes this second installment a sure bet for theatrical releases around the globe.”
S-VHS is produced by The Collective, Salient Media and Brad Miska and Tom Owen’s Bloody Disgusting. The portmanteau features segments by horror maestros Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Eduardo Sánchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans and Jason Eisener. READ MORE
Below you’ll find the first official poster to the horror/thriller Devil May Call starring Corri English (“Holliston”), Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween ), and Traci Lords (Blade, Excision). The feature is written by Jason Cuadrado and Wyatt Doyle and is directed by Jason Cuadrado (Tales from the Dead).
“Terror strikes a suicide hotline when an obsessively regular caller turns out to be a sadistic serial killer. A young, blind woman’s last night working the phones becomes a desperate fight for survival when she’s his next victim.”
They say it’s a cross between Halloween and Wait Until Dark.
Devilmaycall.com has just gone live. The trailer will be available in a few weeks and the film will be completed in March 2013. It will be introduced at the European Film Market this coming February. READ MORE
Screen Daily reports that Momentum Pictures has acquired all UK rights to our Sundance hit V/H/S! This means that UK readers will now be able to see the horror anthology “about a group of misfits hired to burglarise a house to find a rare VHS tape, only to find more found footage than they wanted to see.”
The directors are Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Read Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), along with Radio Silence, the YouTube sensations formerly known as Chad, Matt and Rob (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella).
Magnolia Pictures genre label, Magnet Releasing picked up US and Canadian rights during Sundance with an eye toward a fall theatrical release.
The film was notable at Sundance when an audience member fainted.
The film will also screen at SXSW in March. READ MORE
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has pre-bought all media rights to the Sebastian Silva’s untitled thriller starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno, which was formerly known as Magic Magic, reports Variety.
Pic is written and directed by Silva, whose film The Maid won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes.
“The psychological thriller follows a young American woman (Temple) vacationing with her friends in a remote part of Chile, who begins to mentally unravel and enters into a world of disturbing landscapes and crushing terror.”
The film is produced by Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of Braven Films, which is also fully financing the film. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon is also producing with Mike White and David Bernad of Rip Cord Prods. Pic is skedded to start production in early 2012. READ MORE
Finnish filmmaker Petri Kotwica directs a new game of cat-and-mouse entitled Rat King, which is being sold at the ongoing EFM in Berlin. Check out the art and trailer inside.
“Juri, 18 is seriously addicted to online gaming, so much so he becomes isolated from his single mother and his girlfriend is about to leave him. He decides to quit but is soon lured back by one of his net-mates, Niki 18, who, when they meet for the first time, turns out to look strikingly like Juri. Niki has a web-address tattooed on his arm and when Juri types it into his computer, he gets lured into a curious game that grants him the username RAT KING. As the game becomes increasingly dangerous, Niki vows to help Juri get through it. But the game triggers off a series of life-threatening events and pretty soon Juri realizes that he is gaming for his life.”
Max Ovaska, Julius Lavonen, Nina Koponen, Outi Mäenpää and Janne Virtanen all star in the thriller. READ MORE