EXCLUSIVE: In a development that bodes well for the coming avalanche of acquisition titles that starts tomorrow at the Toronto Film Festival, Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman In Black 2. That is the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe and was distributed in the U.S. by CBS Films. The sequel rights were controlled by Hammer and eOne, and the deal was brokered by CAA. The original grossed $54 million domestically and $128 million worldwide.
While buyers tell me they don’t see an obvious gotta-have-it title at Toronto like last year’s Can A Song Save Your Life, there is certainly an appetite for films that has been evident in festivals this year from Sundance to Berlin and Cannes. The Woman In Black 2 deal closed today, hours before Warner Bros opens the festival with the Robert Downey Jr-starrer The Judge. The fright sequel is complete, directed by Tom Harper and starring Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCroy. Jon Croker wrote the script and Tobin Armbrust, Simon Oakes, Ben Holden and Richard Jackson produced it. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley and Ryan Kavanaugh have boarded the project as executive producers.
The sequel takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants. Marc Schipper, Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Neil Dunn, Graeme Witts, Xavier Marchand, Roy Lee, Richard Toussaint, Wade Barker are also executive producers.
Relativity next releases Nicholas Sparks’ The Best Of Me on October 17, and Beyond The Lights on November 14. Relativity had the highest grosser that came out of Toronto last year in Oculus.