EXCLUSIVE: QED International has committed to produce, finance and handle international sales for Haunt, an original horror film that Mac Carter will direct from a script by Andrew Barrer. A family that moves into a new home with a dark past. When their son becomes involved with a beautiful girl next door, and together they begin to explore their sexual awakening, they unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house. Haunt will be produced by Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Steven Schneider, Will Rowbotham and Rivergate Entertainment’s Alex Yazlovsky. Production starts in November.
QED adds Haunt to a slate that includes the David Ayer-directed Ten with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the John Turturro-directed Fading Gigolo that stars Turturro and Woody Allen. Daniel Diamond just joined as QED president of International, and he and block will be selling territories on the slate at Toronto and AFM.
“With Haunt, Andrew Barrer has added a terrifying new chapter to the supernatural horror genre and delivered a riveting story that will truly satisfy a global audience,” said QED International CEO Bill Block. “Innovative, highly commercial genre films are a hallmark of QED, and we look forward to working with Andrew and Mac to continue that success.”
Barrer is co-writer with Gabriel Ferrari, of Sabrina The Teenage Witch for Sony and Die In A Gunfight, which made the 2010 Blacklist and is being produced by MRC. Carter is an award-winning commercial director who has directed more than 100 commercials for blue-chip international brands. Barrer is repped by WME and Prolific Entertainment, and Carter is repped by CAA.