IFC Midnight has pacted again with the makers of The Pact, the 2012 haunted house horror pic the genre label picked up out of Sundance and released last summer. They’ve taken U.S. rights to The Pact 2, written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The sequel introduces June (Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. Actors Haley Hudson, Mark Steger, and Caity Lotz return from the first film joined by Patrick Fischler (Mad Men) and Scott Michael Foster (Zero Hour). Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein produced The Pact 2 with Content’s Jamie Carmichael and Nicholas McCarthy exec producing. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Content’s Carmichael negotiated the N.A. deal. Content is selling international.
UPDATE: IFC has confirmed Deadline’s scoop on The Pact deal. Release is below original break.
EXCLUSIVE: IFC is acquiring The Pact, the Midnight film that has had several suitors chasing it since its debut. It’s a high-six-figure deal for a 10-market theatrical release and a VOD component. It’s IFC’s second deal in 12 hours, after it acquired the Josh Radnor-directed Liberal Arts. The Pact was shopped by Preferred Content. IFC was into as was Anchor Bay.
The Nicholas McCarthy-directed thriller stars Caity Lotz as a young woman who lives in her childhood house that she fears is haunted. The film premiered last Friday at midnight at the Egyptian Theater. Lotz was signed by UTA up here at Sundance as people got a load of her performance. Casper Van Dien, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball and Agnes Bruckner also star.
Park City, UT (January 26, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today from the 2012 SundanceFilm Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights, to writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s THE PACT. The film, which premiered in the festival’s Midnight section on January 20, stars Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, and Agnes Bruckner. The film was produced by Preferred Content’s Ross M. Dinerstein, and executive produced by Jamie Carmichael at Content, as part of a new multi-film financing deal between Preferred
EXCLUSIVE: Caity Lotz has found an agency home. The actress — at Sundance with her film The Pact, which debuted Friday night in the festival’s Park City at Midnight section – has signed with UTA led by Darren Boghosian. Lotz appeared in a recurring role on Mad Men last year and is a series regular on MTV’s Death Valley. She recently wrapped working on Screen Gems’ Planet B-Boy for producer Tripp Vinson and is co-creating and developing Girl Band, also for MTV, which she’s producing with Prospect Park and Eric Weinberg. Lotz continues to be managed by Caliber Media and attorney Jeremy Tenser.
EXCLUSIVE: Content Film has made a multi-year production deal with Preferred Content partners Ross Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina. Essentially, Content will finance as many as six elevated genre films over the next two years. The latest collaboration between Content and Preferred Content is The Pact, the genre film that premieres tonight at midnight. The deal comes after Content and Dinerstein teamed for several genre films that have played the midnight program of festivals including Toronto, SXSW and Sundance. In that scenario, Dinerstein would raise the under $2 million budgets, Content would sell international and Iwashina would sell North American rights. The new deal allows Dinerstein to focus on producing and not have to raise the funds. Iwashina is selling North American with Content’s Jamie Carmichael on The Pact, which was written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy. The two companies previously collaborated on The Killing Room and The Divide, and the first film under the new deal will start production in the spring. “We have had a terrific experience working with Ross on the production side and Kevin on the domestic sales side,” Carmichael said. “ This is a natural next step as we look to ramp up our efforts in this space.”