EXCLUSIVE: As Epic Pictures Group takes it to buyers at Cannes this month, Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to V/H/S: Viral, the third pic in the horror anthology series that launched with 2012′s V/H/S. Original pic premiered at Sundance and scored with the genre crowd with segments by directors David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Ti West, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence. A second pic also debuted at Sundance with shorts from Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez, and Adam Wingard. The third V/H/S features segments from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight”), Gregg Bishop (The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), and Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).
Magnolia Pictures’ genre label Magnet Releasing has acquired world rights to Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon, which had its world premiere at SXSW this month. The pic starring Game Of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway next plays at Tribeca in April and the film will be released domestically later this year. The story centers on young newlyweds who travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, he finds her wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, he begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced. Magnolia Pictures International will rep the film at Cannes. “Honeymoon is an auspicious debut from the very talented Leigh Janiak, who has a preternatural mastery of tone and mounting dread, not to mention a deft hand with actors,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s SVP Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP Acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with ICM Partners and the filmmakers legal counsel Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP.
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Ti West’s Jonestown-esque found-footage thriller The Sacrament was acquired in a seven-figure deal by Magnet Releasing in Toronto after a strong festival run that included a buzzy premiere in Venice, where it drew praise for its take on the genre. The pic centers on a fashion photographer whose sister has joined Eden Parish, a community in an unidentified foreign country. He sets off to visit her with two journalists from Vice who intend to film the goings-on. It doesn’t go well. Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones star. West wrote, directed and edited the film, and Eli Roth is presenting it. Magnet releases it May 1 on VOD and June 6 in theaters. Here’s the trailer that hit the web today:
The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing snagged U.S. rights to horror comedy musical Stage Fright, which is set to debut next month at SXSW. The Midnighters premiere from first-time feature director Jerome Sable (The Legend of Beaver Dam) stars Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith in the tale of a starry-eyed teenager with Broadway dreams who sneaks out of kitchen duty at the snobby performing arts camp where she works to audition for the summer showcase and lands the lead, only to find herself in the middle of a bloodbath when rehearsals begin. Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver also co-star. Magnet is planning an Ultra VOD release with Stage Fright hitting iTunes/On Demand on April 3 ahead of a May 9 theatrical debut. The pic is produced by Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht of Serendipity Point Films. Original music and lyrics are by Sable and collaborator Eli Batalion, who also appears in the film as the camp’s music director. For a taste of Sable’s chops check out his 2010 Legend of Beaver Dam short which made the film fest rounds and similarly blended music, dark comedy, and children being hacked up at camp:
After a buzzy festival run and Toronto pick-up by The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, Ti West‘s Jonestown-esque thriller The Sacrament has been set for a June 6, 2014 theatrical release. Before then it will hit VOD on May 1, 2014. AJ Bowen, Gene Jones, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley, and Kate Lyn Sheil star in the film which tracks a VICE documentary crew’s visit to a seemingly idyllic agrarian commune with a photographer who hopes to reconnect with his sister. The Sacrament first premiered at Venice. West wrote, directed, and edited the film which is produced by Eli Roth, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok, and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners. His recent films include House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and horror anthologies V/H/S, The ABCs Of Death, all Magnet releases.
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to the Eugenio Mira-helmed Grand Piano, which world premiered this afternoon at Fantastic Fest in Austin. Elijah Wood and John Cusack star in the psychological thriller from the producing team of Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés. Story sets Wood as a piano virtuoso forced into early retirement because of crippling stage fright. When he returns to the stage, the recital turns deadly and he is forced to literally play for his life. It’s slated for a 2014 release.
Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams lead the cast of sci-fi space thriller Last Days On Mars, about a crew of astronauts on an exploratory mission to Mars who discover a deadly infection and struggle to contain it. Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostić, Tom Cullen and Yusra Warsama round out the ensemble for Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey), directing from Clive Dawson’s script based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds. Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing will open the pic on December 6. Check out the trailer:
Mike Fleming Jr broke this news from Toronto last week that Magnolia was finalizing a seven-figure deal for Ti West’s contemporary found-footage thriller that played in the Vanguard sidebar. Now Magnolia says the pic will go out through its genre distribution label Magnet Releasing sometime in 2014. The release:
Magnet picked up the found footage thriller set in space back in February and will release the pic on VOD June 27 and in theaters August 2. Europa Report marks Sebastián Cordero’s English-language debut and follows the crew of a spaceship exploring alien life on Jupiter’s fourth moon. Sharlto Copley (District 9) leads an international cast that includes Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), Christian Camargo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Karolina Wydra (House), Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), and California-born Hong Kong star Daniel Wu (The Man With The Iron Fists). Check out the trailer:
Magnolia‘s Magnet Releasing has not one, but two morbid anthology series churning out sequels. Its summer found-footage follow-up V/H/S 2 features connected segments by Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid), Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way To Die), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Edúardo Sanchez (Lovely Molly), Gregg Hale (The Blair Witch Project), Timo Tjahjanto (The ABCs Of Death), and Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun). Pic hits VOD on June 6 and opens July 12. Here’s the redband trailer:
Cannes: ‘ABCs Of Death 2′ Lines Up Directors Bill Plympton, Vincenzo Natali, Sion Sono, Larry Fessenden
Magnet Releasing is plotting more ABCs Of Death following its 2012 high concept horror anthology. The sequel’s directors unveiled today at Cannes will include Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton, Goya winning director Alex De La Iglesias (The Last Circus), and documentarian Rodney Ascher (Room 237), who lead a new lineup of international directors depicting assorted horrible ways to die. Also tapped to direct segments: Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti, whose On The Job debuts this week in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar (watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer here), founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen, Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves), Japan’s Sion Sono (Cold Fish), Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube), indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Marcus Dunstan (The Collection), France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid), SXSW breakout E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabies, Big Bad Wolves), Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place To Die), Brazil’s Dennison Ramalho (Ninjas, Love For Mother Only), Jerome Sable (The Legend Of Beaver Dam), and BAFTA nominated animator Robert Morgan (Bobby Yeah).
BREAKING: North American rights to Jacob Vaughan’s horror comedy Milo went to Magnet Releasing before SXSW officially closed last weekend, marking another genre-leaning sale out of Austin. Ken Marino stars in the Duplass brothers-produced pic as a man who has a demon living in his colon that attacks those around him when he’s anxious. Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root, and Peter Stormare co-star. Magnet is targeting a release later this year.
The pic, which Vaughan directed and co-wrote with Benjamin Hayes, was produced by Adele Romanski with New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan and John Suits. Executive producers include Mark & Jay Duplass, John Norris, Kerry Johnson, Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller and Floren Shieh Productions’ Clay Floren and Aimee Shieh. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia/Magnet SVP Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemburg, with ICM Partners repping the filmmakers.
New York, NY– February 5, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they’ve acquired US rights to EUROPA REPORT, a groundbreaking science fiction film starring Sharlto Copley (District 9), about the exploration of Jupiter’s moon, Europa.
EUROPA REPORT marks Copley’s first return to science fiction since the 2009 blockbuster District 9, as well as the English language debut of director Sebastián Cordero, who once again worked with two longtime collaborators, Academy Award winning Production Designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible) and Director of Photography Enrique Chediak (127 Hours). The film was written by Philip Gelatt and produced by Wayfare Entertainment’s Ben Browning. Executive Producers were Wayfare’s Michael Maher and Jeremy Kipp Walker. The film features music by Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead). The film was financed by Wayfare Entertainment and China’s Sil Metropole.
A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. Developed in close collaboration with NASA, JPL, SpaceX and other leaders in the scientific community, the film imagines the next step in manned space exploration and is based on recent scientific discoveries and theories.
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Hammer Of The Gods, a Viking action pic starring Charlie Bewley and James Cosmo that is the feature directorial debut of Farren Blackburn. Rupert Preston and Hubi Von Leil produced the film from Vertigo Films and Protagonist Pictures. Magnet, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, will release Hammer next year via its Ultra VOD program. Set in the violent world of Viking Britain in 871 AD, Hammer is the story of a young Viking warrior (Bewley) sent by his father the King (Cosmo) on an epic quest to find his estranged brother, who has been banished from the kingdom. The distribution deal was made after a promo screened at AFM and was negotiated for Magnet by SVP Dori Begley with Mike Goodridge of Protagonist.
Here’s a trailer for the sci-fi/horror film John Dies At The End, which was directed, produced and written by cult legend Don Coscarelli. Paul Giamatti stars (and is exec producer) as a shadowy figure investigating a street drug known as Soy Sauce, which promises an out-of-body experience with each hit, causing users to drift across time and dimensions with sometimes unwanted side effects. Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing picked up the film in August and will release it via its Ultra VOD program in December.
In a couple of distribution deals that were just announced, the Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to John Dies At The End, described as a “phantasmagoric new sci-fi/horror film” directed, produced and written for the screen by auteur and cult legend Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep, the Phantasm series). Paul Giamatti stars (and is exec producer) with Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Doug Jones. The film is produced by M3 Creative’s Brad Baruh, Andy Meyers and Roman Perez, and based on the bestselling book by David Wong. Giamatti plays a shadowy figure investigating a street drug known as Soy Sauce, which promises an out-of-body experience with each hit, causing users to drift across time and dimensions.
Unfortunately, some return as no longer human. The film premiered as a work in progress at Sundance and SXSW and will be in the Midnight Madness section of Toronto before Magnet releases in late December through its Ultra VOD program.
Meanwhile, Indican Pictures has acquired North American rights to the late Ernest Borgnine’s final film, The Man Who Shook The Hand Of Vicente Fernández. The pic will be released theatrically in Los Angeles this October, with additional select cities to follow, and will launch an awards campaign centered on Borgnine’s final performance, which won an …
New York, August 6, 2012 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing announced today an all rights distribution deal for Citizens United Productions’ documentary OCCUPY UNMASKED, one of the last projects featuring the late conservative icon Andrew Breitbart. OCCUPY UNMASKED was written and directed by award-winning director Stephen K. Bannon and produced by David N. Bossie. Magnet is giving the film a limited theatrical release day and date with VOD in late September.
“This film is controversial, and that’s exactly the reason we want to ensure it can find its audience prior to the November elections,” said Mark Cuban, co-owner of Magnet. “I look forward to our partnership with Citizens United Productions and to getting this film out to the masses.”
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures is closing a world rights deal for God Bless America, the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed killing spree comedy. The film premiered over the weekend in the Midnight Madness program. I’ve heard it’s a high six figure deal and that Magnolia will release through Magnet, and the film will be an Ultra VOD title in 2012. That means it will start as a premium VOD title, then play theatrically in at least 25 cities.
Satire is about a guy who has nothing going right and could be terminally ill. He takes a gun and decides to kill the stupidest, cruelest and most repugnant members of society, assisted by a 16-year-old accomplice. Joel Murray plays the shooter, and Tara Lynn Barr plays the sidekick. Sean McKittrick and Jeff Culotta are the producers. Cassian Elwes and Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza brokered the deal.
It is the second deal in the last 24 hours for the Mark Cuban- and Todd Wagner-owned company, which acquired the hockey comedy Goon last night.
Toronto, ONTARIO (September 13, 2011) – The Cuban/Wagner Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm to Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have taken US rights to Michael Dowse’s raucous hockey comedy GOON. Starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill, GOON was written by Baruchel with Superbad and Pineapple Express scribe Evan Goldberg.
GOON is the story of Doug Glatt (Scott), a dumb but loveable bar bouncer plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team. In the tradition of great sports comedies like Slapshot, GOON delivers bone crunching action and laughs in equal measure.
Said Magnolia/Magnet President Eamonn Bowles: “GOON is a pucking blast. It’s a complete crowd pleaser that has all the elements of a future comedy classic.” Magnet plans an early 2012 theatrical release as part of Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program.
The seven figure deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson with CAA, attorney James Feldman and Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures. CAA represents Baruchel and Schreiber.
The film is produced by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and Jesse Shapira, Don Carmody, and Jay Baruchel.