EXCLUSIVE: The 2016 Toronto Film Festival market for finished films is off the schneid. On the heels of a raucous debut Midnight Madness premiere, Orion and BH Tilt have partnered to acquire for release the Greg McLean-directed The Belko Experiment. McLean directed Wolf Creek, and The Belko Experiment was written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Gunn produced it with The Conjuring‘s Peter Safran. Pic has already been set for March 17 theatrical release. BH Tilt is Blumhouse’s releasing company run by John Hegeman, hatched to exploit new distribution and marketing strategies to release targeted films backed by digital campaigns. BH Tilt’s most recent release is the Kevin Bacon-starrer The Darkness, which McLean directed and which has grossed over $10 million. Next on the slate is the Brad Peyton-directed Incarnate, the pic starring Sully‘s Aaron Eckhart that releases on December 2.
The Belko Experiment explores a twisted social experiment, in which a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata and ordered by an unknown voice on an intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. It stars 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s John Gallagher Jr., Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn, True Detective‘s Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Silicon Valley‘s Josh Brener, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn and Melonie Diaz, who co-starred in Fruitvale Station.
The companies confirmed the deal. “Greg, James and Peter made a truly original and unique movie that we are excited to work with them and Orion on bringing to genre audiences all across the country,” Hegeman said.
Said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group: “Following a rousing debut here in Toronto, there is no better partner for this exciting film than in the talented hands of BH Tilt. We cannot wait for audiences to experience what Greg, James and Peter have created.”
Said Gunn: “I can’t imagine a better home for us than BH Tilt – a movie as edgy and unique as Belko needs a deft hand for its release, and BH Tilt is the deftest of them all.”
Finally, McLean said: “I’m so proud of this movie and the amazing team of collaborators behind it and couldn’t be more excited about once more working with my friends at Orion and BH Tilt to bring Belko to audiences. Genre fans are in for an unforgettable ride!”