TIFF 2011: Lionsgate Shoots and Scores! You're Next!
After a scary bidding war over the rights for Adam Wingard's latest film, You're Next (review here), one studio came out on top and has landed a possible new franchise in doing so.
When all was said and done, Lionsgate scored themselves the distribution rights to one of the hottest properties appearing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Jason Constantine negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate with Eda Kowan, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Wendy Jaffe, the Acquisitions and Co-Production team’s EVP of Business & Legal Affairs. Snoot Entertainment is represented by CAA, who negotiated the sale on their behalf with Erik Hyman of Loeb & Loeb.
"This project represents everything that we look for in a horror film," explains Constantine of the company’s decision to acquire the film. "It is a celebration of its genre, featuring top-notch performances from a sophisticated script, brilliantly directed, that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats – when they’re not jumping out of them." Added Drake, "Lionsgate has had much success in the horror space, particularly with truly creative, daring genre films such as this one that we are uniquely suited to market equally boldly. This film is a perfect example of Lionsgate sticking to our roots and continuing to speak to an audience of horror fans that we know and love."
"We are blown away by the passion the Lionsgate team has for our film and are honored to be working with the finest horror franchise marketers and distributors in the world," added producer Keith Calder.
The film stars Nick Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Calvin Reeder, Larry Fessenden, Kate Lyn Sheil, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, and Sharni Vinson.
In 'You're Next' the Davison family comes under attack from a terrifying group of sadistic murderers during a family reunion getaway. Barricaded in their secluded vacation home, they fight off a barrage of axes, crossbows, and machetes from both inside and outside the house. However, the masked killers didn't count on Erin (Vinson), the young girlfriend of the eldest Davison son whose mysterious past has made her very difficult to kill.
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