EXCLUSIVE: Twisted Pictures, the company behind the Saw series and other genre films, has made an output and distribution deal with Wild Bunch. The Paris-based distribution and sales company will acquire and distribute the worldwide rights in all media for Twisted Pictures, the genre label of Mark Burg’s Evolution Entertainment. The deal will run for three years, and Twisted Pictures plans to generate up to two films each year, with an emphasis on low-budget genre fare featuring new filmmakers. It’s a major step forward for Burg since he bought out co-founder Oren Koules’ 50% stake in Evolution last June and named Mike Menchel to run the production/management company as president. Evolution, longtime manager of Charlie Sheen, was a producer of Two And A Half Men and will be a producer on Sheen’s upcoming FX series Anger Management.
“Twisted Pictures has managed to create genre pictures with compelling storylines and a quality approach that rises above the crowd,” said Wild Bunch CEO Vincent Grimond. Said Burg: “Wild Bunch has demonstrated time and again that it knows how to maximize the performance of cutting-edge films, including the type of supernatural and shocking thrillers we intend to produce. From Sin City to Paranormal Activity to Insidious, Wild Bunch’s range of movie picks has been on the leading edge of what young audiences are craving. We are very excited about Wild Bunch’s committed support to our new partnership.” Continental Entertainment Capital principal Benjamin Waisbren structured the transaction with Menchel and Wild Bunch. Menchel and Waisbren will produce the films with Burg.