EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films has added psychedelic thriller Happy Birthday by concert films and music video director Casey Tebo to its EFM sales slate. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler appears in the horror pic about two friends who venture across the border to Mexicali for a night of birthday revelry. Before they know it, their trip spins out of control and their psychedelic exploits take a turn for the worse. Britne Oldford (Loiterng With Intent), Matt Bush (The Goldbergs), Tristin Mays (The Vampire Diaries), Vanessa Lengies (We Are Your Friends) and newcomer Riley Litman star. Sean McKittrick (Pride And Prejudice And Zombies) produces with Steve McKee, Mark Namtil, and Sheila R Rose.
Epic Pictures Group has acquired worldwide rights to Israeli family fantasy film Abulele. With over 100K admissions, it was a solid local performer when it released in December. Epic plans to develop and produce an English-language feature remake as well as a TV series based on the original film. The story sees parents warn children about the Abulele, enormous, furry and sometimes dangerous monsters who are able to make themselves invisible, except to special children who are in need of a friend. Adam, a young boy grieving over the loss of his brother, discovers an Abulele living in his building. But when he realizes it’s not the Abulele but the humans who are the real monsters, he risks everything to save his friendly giant. Jonathan Geva directs. Epic is selling international at the EFM.