It seems like Picturehouse hasn’t even been around very long, and already we’re bidding them a fond farewell. Today Picturehouse and Warner Independent both announced that they’re closing their doors for good.
“With New Line now a key part of Warner Bros., we’re able to handle films across the entire spectrum of genres and budgets without overlapping production, marketing and distribution infrastructures,” said Alan Horn, President and COO, in a press release. “After much painstaking analysis, this was a difficult decision to make, but it reflects the reality of a changing marketplace and our need to prudently run our businesses with increased efficiencies. We’re confident that the spirit of independent filmmaking and the opportunity to find and give a voice to new talent will continue to have a presence at Warner Bros.”
What does this mean for horror fans? Well, all that comes to mind right now is a delay on Amusement, the trailer for which played in front of the After Dark Horrorfest, but we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of since. It is a sad thing in general, though, as Picturehouse was responsible for getting both Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage in front of U.S. eyeballs and I’m sure had some great plans for the future. We wish them well!
Rumor has it Amusement will be going the direct-to-DVD route now, but we’ll give you more solid info when we hear it!
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