A few weeks back, hot on the heels of the premiere of Absentia director Mike Flanagan’s new film Oculus at the Toronto International Film Festival, we reported that FilmDistrict would no longer be handling distribution of the film as originally planned.
As it turned out, Flanagan wanted to go for a wider release of the film than the company was interested in, and he was hoping that it would be picked up at the festival by a different buyer.
As per Variety, we’ve just found out that Flanagan’s wishes have been fulfilled. Relativity and producer Jason Blum’s company, Blumhouse Productions, are in final negotiations to buy Oculus together. The announcement of the deal comes just four days after the film premiered as part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness section.
Though no date has been set, Relativity is looking to give the film the wide release that Flanagan was pushing for. Always nice to see a plan come together!
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, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005.
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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