Content and Preferred Film & TV are teaming on horror pic The Diabolical. Alistair Legrand co-wrote the script with Luke Harvis and will make his directorial debut with the movie. Content will launch worldwide sales at the AFM. Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content will jointly sell North America with Content’s Jamie Carmichael; the pair is also exec producing. The suburbia-set story centers on a woman who turns to her scientist boyfriend for help destroying the violent spirit that has an increasingly strange and intense presence in her home. Production starts in 2014. Legrand is repped by UTA and MXN Entertainment.
In a deal with international sales outfit The Exchange, Australian distributor Transmission Films has acquired Ron Howard’s Jay Z documentary Made In America. It will release the Toronto premiere both in Oz and in New Zealand. Made In America follows Jay Z through the planning of an unprecedented concert event and features musicians including, Drake, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, The Hive, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monáe and Skrillex. Howard directed with Brian Grazer producing.