Exclusive: Lionsgate to Release John V. Soto's Needle
Aussie director John V. Soto got in touch with us this evening to give us the lowdown on release plans for his horror feature Needle (we last spoke with him in October just prior to the flick’s Stateside debut at Screamfest LA).
According to Soto, who previously co-directed the flick Crush with Jeff Gerritsen, North American rights for Needle (which was awarded the ‘Skully’ for Best Makeup at Screamfest LA 2010) have been acquired by Grindstone Entertainment Group, LLC, who will release the feature through Lionsgate Home Entertainment, while Shochiku has picked up the distribution rights for Japan.
Says Soto, “Apart from wanting to make a cool horror film, it has always been a goal of mine to make a movie good enough to be released in North America through Lionsgate, who are genre specialists, so this is pretty exciting.”
Produced by Deidre Kitcher and starring Travis Fimmel, Trilby Glover, Tahyna Tozzi and Khan Chittenden, Needle follows the plight of Ben Rutherford (Fimmel), a young college student who inherits a small antique machine known as “La Vaudou Mort” from his late father’s estate. Unfortunately for Rutherford, the puzzle-like device’s roots lay in the occult, and a body count subsequently follows.
For more visit the official Needle website.
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