MPI Media Group’s Dark Sky Films banner is setting a fall 2014 theatrical release for LFO, a sci-fi comic thriller from Swedish helmer Antonio Tublen. MPI acquired all U.S. and international sales on the pic about a man (Patrik Karlson) who discovers he can hypnotize people with sound and starts experimenting on his neighbors (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg) with his newfound analog power. Tublen wrote and directed the film which screened at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where Elijah Wood and his SpectreVision partners caught it. They programmed it at their own L.A. festival and have come aboard to present LFO with Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller serving as exec producers. “One of the reasons we started this company was to get behind great new genre films that deserve to be discovered by broader audiences. This is a subversive, funny and deeply unnerving low-techno thriller we’re proud to present,” said Wood. MPI’s Nicola Goelzhaeuser negotiated the deal with Alexander Brøndsted, producer and president of PingPongFilm. MPI will also be presenting LFO in Cannes. Here’s the trailer with English subtitles:
SpectreVision’s The Boy is rounding out its cast. Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson and Bill Sage have signed on to the first film of a planned trilogy tracking the childhood of a serial killer. Based on the short film Henley, which appeared in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the films will track the killer at ages 9, 14 and 18, respectively, leading to his full transformation to an iconic mass murderer. Wilson plays William Colby, an enigmatic stranger who intrigues and beguiles the young Ted Henley, who will be played by 8-year-old Jared Breeze. Morse portrays John Henley, motel owner and Ted’s father. Vogel and Robinson play a married couple, who along with their son (Aiden Lovekamp) spend the night at the Henley motel. Sage will portray the sheriff of the rural town in which the Henleys reside. Read More »
The production company run by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller is partnering with Chiller Films on The Boy, the first film in a planned trilogy tracking the childhood of a future serial killer. Spectrevision‘s plan is to make installments depicting the character at ages 9, 14 and 18, respectively, and ending with his full transformation to an iconic mass murderer. Shooting is set to start February 17 on location in Colombia. The pic is based on the Sundance short Henley, which premiered in competition in Park City last year. Craig McNeill, who directed the short, and Clay McLeod Chapman, who created the characters in his novel Miss Corpus and penned the script for the short, will reunite for the same duties on Boy. Wood, Noah and Waller are producing.
Jared Breeze, age 8, will play the lead Ted Henley, and Aiden Lovekamp, who starred in Paranormal Activity 4 and plays the young Bobby Fisher in Edward Zwick’s upcoming Pawn Sacrifice, also has been cast. Both are in Spectrevision’s Cooties, the prepubescent horror comedy written by Saw‘s Leigh Whannell and Glee co-creator Ian Brennan and starring Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson and Jack McBrayer. It screens tomorrow night in the Park City at Midnight section and is one of two films the production/music management outfit has premiering at Sundance. The other is A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which debuts Sunday in the NEXT section.
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EXCLUSIVE: The director of 1981′s An American Werewolf In London is getting back into the shape-shifting genre. John Landis has come on board SpectreVision’s Bad Vibes pic as an executive producer. “Based on the impressive slate of genre films that Elijah Wood and SpectreVision are producing, I am very excited that Dave Gebroe’s clever and scary Bad Vibes has found the perfect home,” Landis said in a statement today. Produced by Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller’s newly renamed company, the 1960s psychedelic rock music scene-based werewolf film is being directed by Gebroe. The Zombie Honeymoon helmer also wrote Bad Vibes’ original screenplay. Indie musician Ariel Pink has also joined the film as composer. Landis served as EP on the 2011 comedy horror pic Some Guy Who Kills People. Known for directing Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America as well as Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, the last feature Landis directed was 2010’s UK comedy Burke And Hare. He also directed an episode of the Brit show Psychoville in 2011. Along with Bad Vibes, SpectreVision’s has the horror-comedy Cooties starring Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson; Toad Road; and the Iran-set vampire love story A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which is in postproduction. Landis is repped by Resolution.
Related: Elijah Wood’s Woodshed Rebrands As SpectreVision
EXCLUSIVE: The genre-leaning production company founded as The Woodshed in 2010 by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller has undergone an identity change. The outfit has been rebranded SpectreVision and has also added a music division, teaming with Redbird Music Management’s Tim Husom to form SpectreVision Management. The name change reflects a wider scope as SpectreVision expands into music while continuing to build a film production portfolio.
“As our company began to expand its horizons, the name SpectreVision served to exemplify more our broadened platform: technology capturing the ineffable,” said Elijah Wood. Among SpectreVision’s current slate are horror-comedy Cooties starring Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson; Toad Road, which is set for a theatrical/VOD release this year by Artsploitation; and Iran-set vampire love story A Girl Walks Home At Night which is in post-production. Read More »