The European Film Market in Berlin is in full swing, and so many horror films (exciting ones as well) are getting distribution deals, it is almost impossible to keep up. Hence why what I present here is not one, but three deals which have been made over the last two days.
We have Eduardo Sanchez’ found footage Bigfoot horror Exists, war-based supernatural horror Panzer 88 and sci-fi thriller Mindscape all making deals, so here goes:
International Film Trust has sold further territories on horror film “Exists” to multinational distributor Entertainment one (eOne).
The company acquired rights in Germany, France, Benelux, Scandinavia and South Africa, in addition to a previously agreed deal for the U.K.
In addition, IFT sold the picture Japan to AT Entertainment, the Middle East to Shooting Stars, Malaysia and Thailand to Sahamongkol, Philippines to Pioneer, Singapore to Cathay, Taiwan to Well Go, CIS to Luxor, India to Pictureworks, Mexico and Pan Latin PTV to Dragon Multimedia, and Pan Asia PTV to Star TV.
Directed by Eduard Sanchez’s (“The Blair Witch Project”), “Exists” features five friends who venture into the forest for a party and encounter something that may be the ‘bigfoot’ monster. It is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Andy Jenkins, and Robin Cowie.
UK sales outfit Carnaby has inked pre-sales on actionPanzer 88 with Bobby Jones of IPA Asia for Thailand and Vietnam.
Additional deals have closed with Monolith for Poland, Blitz Film in the Former Yugoslavia, J&J Media in Korea and Gulf Film for Middle East.
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz produces Panzer 88 withAlien and Blade Runner associate producer Ivor Powell.Hellboy co-writer Peter Briggs has written the script and will direct.
VFX companies Weta Workshop and Prime Focus are also aboard.
The project, about a five-man German tank crew which encounters a supernatural entity as they motor across Russia, is due to go into production later this year.
From Gary Kurtz and Ivor Powell, the producers of Star Wars, Alien and Blade Runner, Panzer 88 takes place in 1944 on the Eastern front of Russia.
An invincible German King Tiger tank retreats across icy tundra. Battle-weary, hungry and cold, its crack five-man crew are unbroken. But fate twists when they reluctantly pick up a stranded SS officer. Unaware of his part in the massacre of a local Jewish village, it proves a fatal decision, as they become the prey of a vengeful and unstoppable mythical entity that hungers for their destruction.
(Source: Screen Daily)
The company launched last year by Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin has made a pre-emptive strike ahead of Berlin, grabbing all North American rights to the psychological thriller. Vertical Entertainment picked up the Ombra Films production Mindscape from StudioCanal on the eve of EFM.
The film stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), and has been produced by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax). Mindscape is directed by Jorge Dorado.
John (Strong) is a recently widowed man with the ability to enter people’s memories. In the past John used his abilities to solve criminal cases, but after a stroke during a session gone wrong that left him incapacitated and financially broken, he is but a shell of his former self.
Desperate for an assignment, John asks his superior, Sebastian, for a new job. The case he receives is that of a troubled girl, Anna (Farmiga), who has begun a hunger strike. While the parameters of the job seem quite simple, Anna proves to be much more challenging than John expected. She’s intelligent, insightful… and possibly one of the most conniving and manipulative people that he’s come across in his career.
As John delves deeper into her memories to discover the reason for her hunger strike, everyone surrounding Anna’s life becomes a suspect – her family, her nurse, even his old mentor Sebastian himself.