IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Dark Summer, a supernatural horror pic from Grace director Paul Solet starring Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Stella Maeve (The Runaways), and Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Teen Beach Movie). K-Town creator and Patient Zero scribe Mike Le penned the tale of a 17-year-old on house arrest for the summer, who witnesses a horrifying incident and becomes haunted by a terrifying presence while stuck in his home.
Maestro Harrell (The Wire) and Peter Stormare (Fargo) also star. Pic is produced by Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein and exec produced by Jamie Carmichael for Content Media. “IFC Midnight truly excels in the elevated genre space and has been a great North American home for the Pact franchise – so we’re very happy to have them as partners on Dark Summer,” said Carmichael.
IFC’s genre arm will release Dark Summer on all platforms on January 9. This marks Solet’s first feature since making his directorial debut with the 2009 maternal horror Grace. A strong digital and VOD showing could help buoy Gilchrist’s other upcoming horror release, It Follows, which earned acclaim out of Cannes and is set for a 2015 release by Radius-TWC. Meanwhile, Maeve has a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago P.D. and Phipps is returning to play Lela in Disney Channel’s 2015 sequel to the highly-rated Teen Beach Movie.
IFC Midnight’s Sean Berney negotiated the deal with Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Content Media’s Carmichael. Content is handling international sales and will rep the film at AFM next month.