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Anchor Bay Acquires Brett Ratner-Produced ‘Mother’s Day’ Remake

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Mother’s Day, the horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and starring Rebecca DeMornay, Jaime King, Deborah Ann Woll and Shawn Ashmore. The film’s a loose remake of the Charles Kaufman-directed 1980 Troma film. Brett Ratner produced with Richard Saperstein, Jay Stern, Brian Witten, Jessie Rusu, Curtis Leopardo and Shara Kay. A bank robbery goes wrong and the robbers head for their childhood home, only to discover their mom lost the house to foreclosure. The new owners are having a birthday party, and the brothers take them hostage. When their mother and sister arrive, it becomes clear that the matriarch will do whatever necessary to protect her brood. She is a sadistic and manipulative woman who over the course of the evening takes control of the situation, plots her sons’ escape, all at the expense of the hostages. The film has been in the can for awhile, but a deal with distributor Gigapix that would have put the film into theaters fell through and it hasn’t been released in the US, even though it played in some foreign territories. I’m told they are looking at a potential release for next Mother’s Day, which falls on May 13, 2012.

“With Saw’s Darren Lynn Bousman at the helm and a cast featuring DeMornay, Ashmore and Woll, Mother’s Day has an unbeatable horror pedigree,” said Kevin Kasha, Anchor Bay exec veep of acquisitions … Read More »

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AFM: ‘Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli, FilmNation Team On Fright Film

By | Tuesday November 1, 2011 @ 8:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation Entertainment is fully financing an untitled thriller hatched by Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli, which is just getting underway in Eastern Europe. Peli wrote the story and Brad Parker is directing. Peli wrote the script with Shane and Carey Van Dyke. Peli is producing with Brian Witten. The film centers on a group of friends stranded in an eerie and desolate city that was abandoned in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. Nature has begun to reclaim everything and as the sun sets on the radioactive ghost town, the group hears inhuman-sounding cries that indicate they are not alone. The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitri Diatchenko. CAA will broker the domestic deal. FilmNation is handling international sales.

“We looked at a lot of projects to find FilmNation’s first fully financed movie, and when we were presented with the brilliant concept of this film, coupled with Oren’s pedigree, it the made the decision very easy,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. FilmNation wrapped the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer House At The End Of The Street, and The Raven, which stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. FilmNation is in production with the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey.

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