Found-footage horror specialist Blumhouse has acquired Peachfuzz from producers Mark and Jay Duplass and directed by first-timer Patrick Brice. The plot is mostly under wraps but follows a man who answers a Craigslist ad with unexpected results; Mark Duplass co-wrote the script and also stars. The deal closed yesterday at Sundance ahead of the film festival that starts today. The pic was not ready in time for the fest lineup, so the filmmakers offered up a poster and some scenes for buyers. Blumhouse jumped on it, and now it can be finished, with the Universal-based production company set to partner and collaborate with the brothers on the film and its distribution and marketing. The deal was negotiated by Submarine’s Josh Braun, who will serve as an executive producer.
Blumhouse has a full slate of genre releases in the works including the Scott Stewart-directed Dark Skies for Alliance/Dimension that opens February 22; The Purge for Universal with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, set for release May 31; and Paranormal Activity 5, which just got an October 2013 release date from Paramount. The Duplass brothers dabbled in indie horror previously with 2008’s Baghead. Their Jeff Who Lives At Home and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon came out last year, and they produced the Sundance 2012 titles Safety Not Guaranteed and Black Rock. Mark Duplass most recently appeared in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The brothers are repped by ICM and are currently co-writing a remake of the romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year.