Earlier this month, David Bruckner‘s new film The Ritual (read our review) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it quickly drew interest from several buyers. Not surprisingly, it hasn’t taken long for a big money deal to go down.
THR reports today that Netflix has purchased The Ritual from eOne for worldwide release, excluding the U.K. A source has pegged the deal at $4.75 million!
Bruckner is a part of the Bloody Disgusting family, having directed the “Amateur Night” segment in V/H/S and the infamous surgical sequence in Southbound.
In the film..
“When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artifacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees…“
The Ritual stars Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator).
It’s an adaptation of Adam Nevill’s horror novel, which won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel in 2012. Joe Barton wrote the screenplay. Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Andy Serkis produced via his The Imaginarium outfit.