EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries is making the jump to movie distribution. The company has acquired The Hive, a sci-fi horror flick from rookie feature director Dave Yarovesky. The film, which premiered at last year’s Fantastic Fest, stars Gabriel Basso as a counselor at Camp Yellow Jacket. The place has descended into chaos, and Adam wakes up in a boarded-up cabin with no memory of who or where he is. His only clues are the notes he’s scrawled for himself on the walls and the disturbing physical transformation he must overcome. And the only memories he has are not his own. Kathryn Prescott, Jacob Zachar and Gabrielle Walsh co-star in Nerdist Presents The Hive, which Yarovesky wrote with Will Honley.
“This movie is so much damn fun,” Hardwick said. “The first time I saw it, I was blown away by how fresh and inventive the story was, which is no small feat in horror. I knew right away I wanted to help get this movie into the eyes and earholes of horror fans.” The pic counts Scream franchise alum Cary Granat among it producers, along with Ed Jones, Vincent Sieber and Jared Mass. “We are thrilled to have the Nerdist Presents brand on The Hive,” Granat said. “The Nerdist team reminds me so much of the early days of Dimension,” Granat said, “in that they are aggressive, smart, innovative, in touch with their audience, and focused on creating new rules to marketing.”
It’s the inaugural toe-dip in the distro stream for Nerdist, which recently cut a deal with Syfy to bring its popular Nerdist News from the web to TV. The company plans a fall release for The Hive in theaters and digital. Before that, Nerdist and its movie will head south to San Diego for events July 10 and 11 at Comic-Con.