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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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West Memphis 3 Feature Film Eyes Spring Shoot With Atom Egoyan Directing

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison today after 18 years, it seemed like just a matter of time before the movie crowd got involved because the case is so controversial and became a cause celebre with the likes of Johnny Depp and Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Turns out that there is a feature film that already has a screenplay and a major director, ready to start production by the spring. Devil’s Knot is an under $20 million feature that has The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Atom Egoyan aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Egoyan has spent the last six weeks working with Boardman on a rewrite. Read More »

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