THR is reporting out of EFm that comic book artist-turned-director Kaare Andrews (Altitude ) is in final negotiations to direct Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, a prequel being made by U.S. and Dominican Republic-based producer, financier and distributor Indomina Group.
Patient Zero will tell the origin of the flesh-eating virus that was unleashed in the 2002 original, directed by Eli Roth. Jake Wade Wall, who wrote the remake of The Hitcher, penned the script that “follows the passengers of a cruise ship in the Caribbean that runs aground a research island. They must find a way to survive before the disease consumes them.”
The plan is to segue this film into a second sequel, Cabin Fever: Outbreak to be penned by Adam and Deborah Marcus. READ MORE
One of the best independent films of the last decade is Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, which ages like fine wine. With a sequel already in the books (Spring Fever was directed by Ti West and released in 2009), The Indomina Group announced back in October that they’ve landed franchise rights with plans on producing multiple films featuring more skin-rotting terror.
The Indomina Group has optioned the rights for two new Cabin Fever installments, which will be Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak. The films will be shot back to back in the Dominican Republic in early Spring of 2012. Check out the EFM sales art for Patient Zero inside! READ MORE
We’ve landed the first real still and EFM sales art for The Thompsons, the sequel to The Hamiltons.
The Butcher Brothers return to direct the vampire tale that stars Cory Knauf, Samuel Childs, Joseph McKelheer and Mackenzie Firgens.
“In the sequel, a bloodbath at a gas station in the desert puts the family on the run, eventually seeing them resurface in the U.K. under a new identity as “The Thompsons.” Desperate for protection in this unfamiliar country, the Thompsons seek out the help of a shadowy underground rumored to be sympathetic to vampires.”
The first film has not aged well, and I’m incredibly skeptical as to why a sequel was ever made. Your thoughts? READ MORE
Imagination Worldwide, who doesn’t have much of a “quality” track record when it comes to horror, is at EFM selling Devil Seed (formerly The Darkness), which is directed and co-written by Greg A. Sager, and stars Vanessa Broze, Michelle Argyris, Shantelle Canzanese, Kevin Jake Walker, Wayne Conroy and Michael G. Wilmot.
We’ve landed the bloody sales art and the following plot crunch: “Alexandra is a lively college student returning to live with her roommates, Jessica and Breanne after the summer holidays. After a night of drinking, Alex agrees to a psychic reading to learn about her future with her boyfriend, Brian, but during the reading a dramatic turn of events causes SOMETHING to go drastically wrong. When Alex awakes the next day, she can’t remember the events of the night before. She begins to hear creepy noises, hallucinate, black out and receive unidentifiable scratch marks all over her body. Afraid she’s going crazy, she seeks help from her friends but Jessica, Breanne and Brian are incapable of comprehending the scope of the darkness descending UPON her. Instead, Alex receives help from a school professor and his father who have dealt with the supernatural before. But as Alex’s condition worsens, it becomes apparent that it may already be too late to stop the entity from using Alex’s body as a gateway into our world.”
We need to get through all of this EFM garbage so we can focus on today’s New York Toy Fair. Everything seems to collide these days and muddles up the front page. It’s a good thing we don’t post every stupid thing that comes into our inbox or you’d never be able to tell what the hell was on the site. Enough ranting, back to berlin…
Out of Korea comes Doomsday Book, an omnibus sci-fi project by two helmers. Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, A Tale of Two Sisters) tells of a robot working for a temple, while Yim Pil-sung follows an innocent young man who becomes a zombie! Check out a first look above.
FilmNation has seen a stampede of deals for new Eli Roth earthquake thriller Aftershock, with deals struck for UK (StudioCanal), France and Spain (Wild Bunch), Germany (Universum Films), CIS (Top Film), Iceland (Sam Films), Middle East (Italia Film), Turkey (Aqua), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Indonesia (PT Amero), Malaysia (Dream Movie), Philippines (Multivision), Singapore (Dream Movie), Taiwan (Studio Solution Group), Thailand (M Pictures), Vietnam (Multivision) and South Africa (Ster Kinekor). US distribs are circling. Watch for that soon! Roth produces and stars alongside Selena Gomez and Andrea Osvart in the English-language thriller “about a group of friends who must survive the terrifying aftermath of a natural disaster, including the danger of escaped prison convicts.” The film is currently shooting in Chile.
UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold all Canadian rights to Scott Leberecht’s urban vampire tale Midnight Son to Mongrel Media. Image Entertainment has acquired US rights with both distributors aiming to release in August 2012. Jinga has also sold US rights for Rhys Davies’s Zombie Undead, Thomas Szczepanski’s The Hunt and Andy Thompson’s The Scar Crow to MVD. READ MORE
Content has sold Nicholas McCarthy’s Sundance ghost story The Pact (review) to Entertainment One (UK, Australia and New Zealand), Ascot Elite (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), Klockworx (Japan), Playarte (Brazil), EEAP (CIS, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Ex-Yugoslavia, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania), Gulf Film (Middle East), Lusomundo (Portugal) and Medyavizyon (Turkey). As previously reported, IFC Midnight bought for North America. “The story is about sisters who return to their family home and discover secrets about their mother’s past.” The cast includes Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mark Steger, Sam Ball and Agnes Bruckner.
U.K. indie distribution banner Metrodome, floated on the Alternative Investment Market, scared up a U.K. and Irish rights deal memo for horror thriller Lovely Molly (review), starring newcomer Gretchen Lodge. Directed by Eduardo Sanchez, best-known for The Blair Witch Project, the movie is billed as a disturbing haunted house possession story. It unspooled at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Image Entertainment has previously secured U.S. rights to the movie.
Synchronicity Films and Macgwoan Films, in association with Del Rio Films, have announced they are co-producing psychological thriller The Devil’s Staircase. The adaptation will be helmed by Sergio Casci from the novel of the same name by best selling Scotland based Australian novelist Helen Fitzgerald. Billed as “elevated film noir,” “ ‘The Devil’s Staircase’ is a psychological thriller about a young Australian girl with a big secret who runs away to London before breaking into a abandoned London townhouse with a group of backpackers, seeking a rent-free life of debauchery. She’s never taken drugs, had sex or killed anyone. Within six weeks she’s done all three.” The UK – Australian co-production will shoot in Scotland and Australia late 2012. READ MORE
Bloody Disgusting learned that Roland Emmerich’s ( Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow) low-budget apocalyptic tale Hell has been acuired for U.S. release through Arc Entertainment later this year.
From director Tim Fehlbaum, “It was once the source of life, light and warmth. But now the sun has turned the entire world into a baked and barren wasteland. Forests are scorched. Animal carcasses line the roads. Even the nights are dazzlingly bright.
Maria, her little sister Leonie and Phillip are heading for the mountains in a car with tinted glass. Rumor has it water can still be found there. It is a hazardous trip to nowhere. Along the way, they run into Tom. He turns out to be a first-rate mechanic and becomes indispensable. But can they trust him? The tension grows. As if things weren’t bad enough, they are lured into an ambush and their real battle for survival begins…”
Check out an English-subbed trailer for the German thriller below. READ MORE
Screen Daily reports that Epic Pictures has taken on foreign sales rights to our Sundance hit V/H/S! This means that Epic Pictures will be selling the film across the world so our international readers can 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.
Rights to the UK are currently closing as well. Watch for that news soon!
The film was notable at Sundance when an audience member fainted.
Epic CEO Patrick Ewald said: “I have not experienced such an audience reaction to a movie since ‘Paranormal Activity,’ ‘Insidious,’ or ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ The fact that we have six of the most popular horror directors in one movie is an incredible hook that will make this film one to remember. At EFM last year we had an incredible success launching Darren Lynn Bousman’s supernatural thriller, ’11-11-11,’ so we are anticipating a great 2012 EFM with ‘V/H/S.’”
The film will also screen at SXSW in March. READ MORE
Chelsea Films, a division of Curzon Artificial Eye, scored UK rights to Dominic Burns’ indie thriller Airborne, which stars Star Wars” Mark Hamill, Julian Glover (Quatermass, Empire Strikes Back), Sebastian Street, Gemma Atkinson (Hollyoaks, 13 Hrs), and Alan Ford (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch).
Taking terror to new heights, “As a snow storm closes in, one final plane takes off. The plane reports to the ground that both pilots are dead, while the slowly dwindling number of passengers on the plane wish that they’d never left the ground.”
Black and Blue Films’ Jonathan Sothcott said last year: “I was attracted by the idea of making what is basically a feature length version of the “Terror At 20,00 Feet” segment of ‘Twilight Zone The Movie.’” READ MORE
Scandinavian sales company TrustNordisk has picked up international sales rights (meaning they’ll sell to distributors) to sci-fi-thriller Frost, reports Screen Daily.
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.”
It was presented as a work in progress at the Nordic Film Market in Gothenburg last week.
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
Marking the second major deal of the European Film Market, Alliance Films has snapped up U.K. and Canadian rights to Kate Hudson starrer Everly, which was just announced last week.
Deal is estimated to be north of $1 million and saw a number of other foreign buyers at the table, notably eOne, which was also in the final running for the female-driven actioner.
Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has been shopping the $10 million actioner, helmed by Joe Lynch, to buyers here at the fest, which sees Hudson star as a down-on-her-luck woman, stuck in her apartment, fending off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss.
Story is based on a concept created by Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Chillerama, Knights of Badassdom). Yale Hannon penned the script, which was featured on the Hollywood Black List.
Pic, which is produced by Adam Ripp and Rob Paris’ Crime Scene Pictures, also sold to Splendid for Germany, Switzerland and Benelux for just north of $1 million. READ MORE
Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood Of The Wolf) is to make a new version of Beauty And The Beast, Screen Daily reports from Berlin.
The film will star the great Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Out Day Will Come, Sheitan) and Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds), and will be produced by Richard Grandpierre.
Details of plot and what approach the new film will take are skimpy but Gans said: “Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe.”
Principal photography will start on October 8. Eskwad is partnering with Pathe on the project READ MORE
Celluloid Nightmares has picked up international rights outside Asia to English-language action horror Dead Mine, co-produced by HBO Asia and Singapore-based Infinite Studios, reports Screen Daily.
“It tells the story of a group of treasure hunters who venture into the Indonesian jungle to search for gold looted by Japanese forces during World War II. But they find themselves under attack and trapped underground in a Japanese Imperial Army bunker.”
Directed and co-written by UK director Steven Sheil (Mum & Dad), the film stars cult Japanese action star Miki Mizuno (Bayside Shakedown), UK actors Sam Hazeldine and Les Loveday and Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.
The film, currently in post-production, marks the first time that HBO Asia has produced a feature in Asia. Celluloid Nightmares will also represent Japanese rights.
Infinite Studios, previously called Infinite Frameworks, is a production and facilities company which is constructing new studio developments in Singapore and the Indonesian island of Batam. Dead Mine was filmed on Batam, both on location and at Infinite’s sound stages. READ MORE