The Toronto International Film Festival has been good to Makinov’s Come Out and Play (pictured above), his remake to the classic Who Can Kill A Child? Celsius has purchased the international sales rights to the film.
Vinessa Shaw, Ebon Moss and Daniel Gimenez Cacho star, “Beth and Francis vacation before the birth of their child. Francis insists on venturing to a more serene island, Beth hesitantly agrees. They set out to a beautiful island, but soon discover it’s mysteriously abandoned, and the only people on the island are children. Beth and Francis are left to uncover the mystery of the disappearances, and a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival.”
Picked up for US distribution by Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment at Toronto is April Mullen’s Dead Before Dawn 3D. The film follows college kids that accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. The horror/comedy starring Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kids series) has been gaining a lot of momentum and has a tone that some are describing as Shaun of the Dead meets The Goonies.
The film is set to release in late fall. It was written by Tim Doiron, who also produces with Mullen. For more information visit the film’s official website, Facebook
For the past six months, director Makinov‘s remake of the gritty 70′s film Who Can Kill A Child? was called Child’s Play. We all knew that wouldn’t fly, and the title has inevitably been changed to Come Out And Play. Oddly enough, no pics from it were released along with today’s announcement of TIFF’s Midnight Madness selections. But – last night – the official Midnight Madness Twitter account teased a couple of images and we figured we’d include them here.
“Beth and Francis vacation before the birth of their child. Francis insists on venturing to a more serene island, Beth hesitantly agrees. They set out to a beautiful island, but soon discover it’s mysteriously abandoned, and the only people on the island are children. Beth and Francis are left to uncover the mystery of the disappearances, and a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival. Cast includes Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Vinessa Shaw and Daniel Gimenez Cacho.”
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th-16th. Head inside for the pics! READ MORE
Screen Daily reports that Fox International Productions is hitting Cannes with Child’s Play – surely to be retiled when sold here in the States – the long-gestured remake of the 1976 Spanish thriller Who Can Kill A Child? that we exclusively reported on back in 2008 (it’s weird bragging now).
Apparently already in post-production from one-name director Makinov, “‘Child’s Play’ centers on a pregnant woman and her husband who are terrorized by possessed children while on vacation on a remote island.”
Vinessa Shaw (Siren, Stag Night, The Hills Have Eyes), Ebon Moss and Daniel Gimenez Cacho star.
Gold Circle originally had the rights and was calling the film In the Playground. READ MORE
Old school 1976 Film Who Can Kill A Child? will be getting a Spanish language remake under the new title of Child’s Play under the direction of one-named helmer Makinov. And it’ll star Vinessa Shaw (3:10 To Yuma, The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Per Screen Daily, “A promo is available for Child’s Play, a remake of the 1976 Spanish film Who Could Kill A Child? Vinessa Shaw stars as a pregnant woman whose remote island getaway is terrorised by possessed children. Makinov directs and Ebon Moss and Daniel Gimenez Cacho round out the key cast.”
You can expect Fox International to make a pitch for this next month at the European Film Market. Apparently Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal are producers on the film (both starred in Y Tu Mama Tambien). READ MORE
Director Narcisco Ibanez Serrador (The House that Screamed) pulled off a point-blank, incredibly well done, superbly acted and fantastically disturbing item here. I’m finding it hard to categorize this film because it hits on several levels that’ve perhaps been done similarly in films before but “Who Can Kill a Child?” in no way rips them off. Not even close. What I mean is, yes a person could lend comparisons to “Night of the Living Dead” but that would be an unfair stretch. “Village of The Damned” comes to mind, but the juxtapose between the two is irrelevant when it comes to story vs. story. Perhaps the closest film that comparably comes to mind would be “The People Who Own the Dark” (I’ll be reviewing this jewel next, maybe). But once again, this is a different tale, spun in full-throttle and it coasts amongst the elite within this seedy sub-genre. READ MORE
On a vacation away from their family, Tom (Lewis Fiander, of DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE) and his pregnant wife Evelyn (FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD’s Prunella Ransome) sail to an island off the coast of Spain that seems deserted… until its children emerge from the shadows with the blood of their parents on their hands… and hatred in their hearts for every adult.