UPDATE: Anchor Bay Takes Distribution Rights for Austin Chick's Girls Against Boys
According to the news coming out of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival today, it's looking like Austin Chick's Girls Against Boys (review here) is about to land a distribution deal with none other than Anchor Bay.
Deadline reports that things are still in the negotiating stage, but if all goes according to plan, expect an official announcement soon.
This SXSW darling was directed by Austin Chick and stars Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, Liam Aiken, Michael Stahl-David, and Andrew Howard.
Check out a few clips from the film by clicking on the image below.
In one of the first distribution deals at the SXSW Film Festival, Anchor Bay Films today announced the company has acquired the North American rights to Austin Chick’s Girls Against Boys, the controversial thriller that opened the Midnighter’s section this past Friday. The acquisition was announced by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.
“The film is a perfect addition to our 2012 line-up,” commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Anchor Bay Films. “Anchor Bay has just the audience base for it!”
“We are so excited to be the first film to sell at SXSW and very pleased that Anchor Bay will bring Girls Against Boys to theaters this year,” offered writer-director Austin Chick, speaking for producers Clay Floren and Aimee Shieh.
The female revenge killing spree thriller, written and directed by Austin Chick (XX/XY), stars Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th, The Crazies) and Nicole LaLiberte (Dinner for Schmucks, Kaboom). Panabaker plays Shae, a 21-year old student who, after a brutal sexual assault, teams up with fellow nightclub bartender – LaLiberte’s “Lu” – on a weekend of one beautifully staged execution after another.
Girls Against Boys found an early champion in Charles Ealy, Austin American Statesman, who called the movie “provocative,” “stylishly filmed” and praised Panabaker and LaLiberte’s performances as “excellent.”
Girls Against Boys is produced by Aimee Shieh and Clay Floren. The deal was negotiated by Josh Thomashow and Michele Sanchez at Anchor Bay Films and Ben Weiss at Paradigm for the film.
Girls Against Boys is a character-driven, psychological thriller about two girls on a killing spree in New York. With edgy and ironic humor and a darkly meditative tone that is far more European or Asian than typically American, it is also a coming-of-age story about a young woman coming to understand how the world really works. It’s a ride for sure, and it even gets more than a little gruesome, but it's character-driven rather than action-driven, and it has a psychological twist that's more like a way of reading the film than a big reveal.
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