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AFM 2013: Universal Pictures International to Unleash Cooties on Europe and South America

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AFM 2013: Universal Pictures International to Unleash Cooties on Europe and South AmericaIt may be the weekend, but news is continuing to come in from the American Film Market. On tap now is word on foreign distribution for Cooties, starring Elijah Wood, which is heading to Europe and South America via Universal Pictures International Entertainment.

From the Press Release:
Synchronicity Entertainment has licensed the rights to horror comedy film COOTIES, starring Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, GRAND PIANO), Alison Pill (HBO’s “The Newsroom”), and Rainn Wilson (NBC’S “The Office”) in the UK, Germany, Benelux, and Brazil to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE), it was announced by Ruzanna Kegeyan, President of Synchronicity Entertainment.

Directed by Cary Munion and Jonathan Milott, COOTIES is produced by SpectreVision partners Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller as well as Steven Schneider (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 1-4, INSIDIOUS) and Glacier Films’ Tove Christensen and Georgy Malkov.

The film is co-written by horror powerhouse Leigh Whannell (SAW 1-3, INSIDIOUS) and Fox’s hit series “GLEE” co-creator Ian Brennan, who also serve as executive producers.

Synchronicity Entertainment, The Solution Entertainment Group’s cutting edge vanguard division, is handling international rights to the film at the American Film Market. The deal was negotiated by Kegeyan on behalf of Synchronicity, Matthew Dysart from Sheppard Mullin on behalf of the producers, and Jasper van Hecke and Felicity Harrison on behalf of UPIE.

“Not since Gremlins struck a nerve have little monsters terrorized a town in a wildly entertaining take on the horror genre. UPIE’s enthusiasm for the release in such key international territories as the UK and Germany promises that COOTIES has found the perfect home where it can grow globally,” said Ruzanna Kegeyan.

Synopsis:
When a mysterious virus borne from chicken nuggets hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless cannibals, an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against them. Who is this hero? The substitute teacher.

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