EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has landed all North American rights to the psychological horror film City of Dead Men, with a release in select theaters and on-demand set for December 16. Directed by Kirk Sullivan and written by Andrew Poston, the film already is available for presale on iTunes.
Starring Diego Boneta (Scream Queens), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) and newcomer Maria Mesa, City of Dead Men follows Michael (Boneta), an American tourist named recently arrived in Medellin, Colombia, where he discovers he’s run completely out of money. Desperate for a quick fix to the problem, he meets a young Colombian girl (Mesa), who introduces him to a group of misfits and their mysterious leader (Rathbone), who live in an abandoned psychiatric hospital. At first accepting their friendship and shelter, it soon becomes clear something terrible happened in the hospital. The group living there now only feel immortal, pulling Michael into a dangerous dynamic that might kill him.
Along with the acquisition, a new trailer for the film has been released exclusively to Deadline. Watch it above now.
“I grew up with death and violence all around me — Medellín was tough back then,” said producer Alejo Arango. “This is where the dead men come from; growing up thinking that you are already dead, believe me, living life like that is intense.”
Said Dan Fisher, Senior Director of Acquisitions for Gravitas Ventures, “We are delighted to be partnered with Latam Pictures, Blue Fox Entertainment and the talented City of Dead Men filmmaking team on this gripping thriller.”
The debut feature for both Sullivan and Poston, City of Dead Men is was produced by Arango and Laura Gomez Vargas, with Brad Furman, Aaron Ginsburg, Matt Ruskin, Alex Garcia, James Huntsman, Todd Slater of Blue Fox Entertainment, and Jonathan M. Black executive producing. The acquisition deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas and by Todd Slater on behalf of the filmmakers.