Magnet Releasing is plotting more ABCs Of Death following its 2012 high concept horror anthology. The sequel’s directors unveiled today at Cannes will include Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton, Goya winning director Alex De La Iglesias (The Last Circus), and documentarian Rodney Ascher (Room 237), who lead a new lineup of international directors depicting assorted horrible ways to die. Also tapped to direct segments: Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti, whose On The Job debuts this week in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar (watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer here), founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen, Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (Vanishing Waves), Japan’s Sion Sono (Cold Fish), Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube), indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), Marcus Dunstan (The Collection), France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Livid), SXSW breakout E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabies, Big Bad Wolves), Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place To Die), Brazil’s Dennison Ramalho (Ninjas, Love For Mother Only), Jerome Sable (The Legend Of Beaver Dam), and BAFTA nominated animator Robert Morgan (Bobby Yeah). Additional directors will be announced this summer. The 26th director will again be selected from a fan contest.
Despite a lackluster limited theatrical run, the original ABCs found a voracious genre audience on home vid/VOD with results “in the upper spectrum of Magnet’s successful VOD titles,” a studio insider says. (Magnet declined to reveal actual VOD numbers.) The horror anthology is undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment at the genre label which also released the found footage horror pic V/H/S last year and has a sequel, V/H/S 2, unspooling July 12 following its hot Sundance debut.
Ant Timpson, who dreamed up the original concept, will again produce with Drafthouse Films’ Tim League and the Wagner/Cuban-owned Magnet specialty label. Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan are onboard as associate producers. Magnet’s parent co. Magnolia fully financed the 2012 pic which alloted $5K to each filmmaker along with creative freedom to depict death “in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.”
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