The horror drama The Witch, which premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, is expected to sell over the weekend, with a number of distributors expressing interest in the supernatural film set in 17th-century New England, Variety reports.
Radius-TWC has made an offer on the film and A24 remains very much in the mix for the film, according to sources familiar with the matter. There are also at least two other studios thought to be circling the project, which could drive the price for film up if bidding grows heated.
One distribution executive admired the film greatly, but indicated that it would work better as a video-on-demand and digital release, believing it might be too edgy and off-beat to succeed theatrically.
Robert Eggers both writes and directs with Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger starring.
“New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.”