Said to be in the vein of The Babadook, Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground is headed to Sundance early next year, and Variety reports ahead of its arrival that A24 has acquired it.
A24 and DirecTV snatched up the North American rights; “A24 will take the film out to theaters while DirecTV will offer a limited pay-per-view window before release.”
The Hole in The Ground stars Irish actress Seána Kerslake as Sarah, a mother who moves with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) to a country home on the edge of a forest, which happens to hide an enormous sinkhole. Her boy vanishes and soon reappears unharmed, though his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, leaving his mother to fear the worst — that the boy in her home isn’t her son at all.
Presented by Savage Productions, The Hole in The Ground was produced by John Keville and Conor Barry, co-produced by Benoît Roland and Ulla Simonen, and executive produced by Lesley McKimm, Macdara Kelleher, Patrick O’Neill, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis, Tim Hegarty, and Tara Finegan.