Eduardo Sanchez and directing partner Daniel Myrick changed the face of horror in 1999 with their masterful found footage classic, The Blair Witch Project. Since then the pair went their separate ways, and both went on to have strong careers in the horror genre.
Sanchez directed Altered (2006) and Seventh Moon (2008), but has seen his career massively improve by directing one of the finest horror films of 2012, Lovely Molly. He then delivered the superb zombie segment of VHS/2 called A Ride in the Park, and inbetween VHS/2 and Lovely Molly, it was announced he would be working on a new found footage Bigfoot horror called Exists.
We have seen a few images, and a snippet of footage from a news report, but after its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival yesterday, Exists has been bought, which could mean a trailer coming soon?
Lionsgate nabbed North American distribution rights to the film, and here are all the details.
The Press Release:
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has acquired North American distribution rights to EXISTS, a new horror film from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin, TX.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. EXISTS, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.
“I’m really excited about working with the talented team at Lionsgate. We’ve had great history together, and they really understand EXISTS and see the tremendous opportunity to reboot Bigfoot for a new generation,” said director Sanchez.
Fleming and Ordesky, who developed and produced the film with Haxan Films through their production company Court Five, said, “It is especially gratifying to sell the film at SXSW in Austin so close to Bastrop, Texas, where we shot EXISTS with an amazing Texas-based cast and crew. We look forward to working with Lionsgate to bring Ed’s vision to the masses.”