EXCLUSIVE: MarVista Entertainment is pacting with SpectreVision on four films over two years where MarVista will finance and co-produce genre films — horror and thrillers. MarVista is the privately-held firm behind the titles Most Likely to Die, Satanic, and A Deadly Adoption starring Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig. They are also in production on the thriller The Deep End. The two companies plan to go into production on their first project this summer.
The size of the films’ budgets will be contingent on the elements of each project, MarVista CEO Fernando Szew told Deadline.
SpectreVision, of course, is the company founded about five and a half years ago by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller. The company’s credits include Cooties which was picked up by Lionsgate during Sundance in 2014 as well as A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night acquired at the same film festival by KinoLorber. Its The Greasy Strangler premiered at Sundance this year as part of the Festival’s midnight films program.
“I’m very excited to be in business with them,” Szew said. “The people at SpectreVision have an amazing vision and are fiercely creative, and we’ve found them to be a great match with our entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward to working with them.” MarVista, which has been in business since 2003, produces, acquires and distributes film as well as other entertainment (including animation).
Szew told Deadline that the deal with SpectreVision came together over the past six months when his company’s executive VP of production/development Sharon Bordas and his senior VP of production/development Mike Moran began talking to SpectreVision’s CEO Lisa Whalen. He said they found that both companies had similar goals and that the deal between them grew out of those initial talks.