Mike Flanagan made a name for himself in the horror genre with the superb and inventive shocker Absentia, and is once again making waves with his said to be superb new horror Oculus. Not one to sit back and enjoy his moment of glory, Flanagan got to work on his Oculus follow up Somnia almost immediately after Oculus was finished, and now the film has bagged itself a US distribution deal.
Deadline broke the news:
Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Somnia, the horror film directed by Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Jacob Tremblay and Dash Mihok.
The deal continues the relationship between Relativity and Intrepid Pictures. Intrepid and Demarest produced, and Demarest Films co-financed Somnia with MICA Entertainment, the latter of which also co-financed Oculus. Relativity has committed to a wide release of Somnia. The film revolves around an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.
The film is produced by Trevor Macy, Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson. Flanagan and his Oculus partner Jeff Howard wrote the screenplay. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are exec producers. Paradigm reps Intrepid with Reder & Feig, and they brokered this deal. APA reps Flanagan and Howard. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.
Somnia is described as a haunting, emotionally absorbing horror film about an orphaned child whose dreams — and nightmares — manifest physically as he sleeps. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure.