Blumhouse and Relativity acquired the Mike Flanagan-helmed Oculus out of its Toronto Film Festival debut and the companies (with newly-pacted distribution partner WWE Studios) have now released a peek at the April 11 horror pic. Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites star as siblings Kaylie and Tim, whose parents were killed ten years ago in a brutal act blamed on Tim. When he’s released from custody, Kaylie sets out to prove a malevolent supernatural force was really behind their parents’ murder by returning to their childhood home. Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane also star in the pic scripted by Flanagan and Jeff Howard based on a short story by Flanagan and Jeff Seidman. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans produced, with Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, Mike Ilitch Jr. and Michael Luisi aboard as exec producers. Get an eyeful of the teaser trailer:
Jade Bryce has booked roles in a trio of features: indie comedy 25, horror pic The Book Of Habbalah, Book 1 and 365 Less Strangers. In 25, she will play Jackie, a self-important all-American girl who is confused by life’s complexities but simplifies them quickly. Bryce has a lead role in Habbalah, the story of a book that holds the dreadful truths of life within its pages. She will star in 365 Less Strangers as a woman in a new city who is lacking connections and feeling lonely despite an active dating life. Bryce also wrote and directs the pic and produces with Tom Shadyac. A model and MMA ring girl, she is managed by Nocturnal Entertainment.
Milo Ventimiglia and Katee Sackoff lead the ensemble cast of Tell. The indie centers on Ethan Tell (Ventimiglia), a small-time crook who makes a big score then gets busted. But the money is never recovered, and upon his release from prison, Tell is confronted by a greedy ex-wife, the partner he betrayed, his parole officer and two corrupt cops — all looking for their piece of the loot. Director Juan M.R. Luna’s film also stars Robert Patrick, Jason Lee, Alan Tudyk, Faizon Love and John Michael Higgins. It’s produced by Kevin Mann, …
EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff, here at Toronto starring in the Mike Flanagan-directed Midnight Madness Section pic Oculus, has signed on to Flanagan’s next film, Somnia. That pic begins production later this fall, with Focus Features International handling international sales on the psychological horror film scripted by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy is producing through Intrepid Pictures banner with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films. Demarest will co-finance with MICA Entertainment. Mali Elfman is exec producer.
Somnia is described as a haunting, emotionally absorbing horror film about an orphaned child whose dreams — and nightmares — manifest physically as he sleeps. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure. APA and Affirmative Entertainment rep the director and scribe.