A garden party that turns sour when a colony of killer wasps mutates into seven-foot tall predators.
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.
Celluloid Dreams will kick off sales at the AFM next week on a pair of genre titles from Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, says Screen Daily. Home is Nicholas McCarthy’s follow-up to Sundance 2012 hit The Pact (pictured). “It centres on a young woman who investigates an incident that took place in a house where a previous occupant unwittingly summoned the Devil.” The pic, which is NOT a sequel but a new film, is in pre-production. Sonny Mallhi, who served as executive producer on The Strangers, will produce.
Benni Diez will direct Stung from a screenplay by Adam Aresty about “A garden party that turns sour when a colony of killer wasps mutates into seven-foot tall predators.” They are eyeing a March 2013 start in Europe.
Lastly, THR reports that “The Tudors”‘ Maria Doyle Kennedy has joined the cast of “Orphan Black,” the BBC America and Space sci-fi series from Canadian producer Temple Street Productions. Dylan Bruce and Jordan Gavaris have also been added to the first season shoot of 10 one-hour episodes to debut in 2013. “Orphan Black,” which will star Tatiana Maslany, is shooting on location in Toronto through February 2013. The series, co-created by Graeme Manson and Ginger Snaps director John Fawcett, portrays Sarah (Maslany), an outsider and orphan whose life changes on assuming the identity of a dead stranger who looks just like her. Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Elizabeth Saunders and Ron Lea round out the main cast for “Orphan Black.” Watch the promo trailer inside. READ MORE
Twitch and their XYZ Films, alongside Rat Pack Filmproduktion, comes a new indie horror that’ll sting just a bit.
German director and special effects genius Benni Diez is behind Stung, about a gigantic bee! (And it looks awesome!)
The site describes is as a creature feature in the old style – a slyly tongue in cheek, action driven horror comedy that calls back to the days before creature features became the sole provenance of sub-Corman knock-em-out-cheap hack jobs. Think Tremors or Slither on a more compact scale.