The Hollywood Reporter
It was around this time last year when we reported that FilmDistrict had picked up distribution rights to the feature film adaptation of Mike Flanagan’s short film Oculus, and now that production on the film is complete, it looks like there’s been a change of plans.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, FilmDistrict has dropped Oculus and will not be releasing the film as planned. Apparently they wanted to give the film a limited release while the production company, Intrepid Pictures, wanted to go nationwide with it.
Oculus will premiere at this September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it will be looking for a new distributor. Though that’s the plan at the moment, FilmDistrict could still end up releasing the film if it doesn’t pick up a buyer in Toronto.
Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites star with Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, and Garrett Ryan, along with James Lafferty and Miguel Sandoval. Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard.
Oculus is a spine-chilling supernatural tale of two damaged siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass — a legendary mirror their family once owned.
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