The Orchard has acquired North American rights to distribute the horror-thriller Demon and plans to release the film theatrically in 2016. Inspired by Jewish folklore, Demon sees a young man head to his fiancée’s hometown, where he receives a plot of land from her grandfather as a wedding gift and sets to building new home on the property. After finding human bones buried on the land, strange things begin to happen that alter the couple’s life forever.
The film, which premiered at Toronto, was directed by the late Marcin Wrona from a script he co-wrote with Pawel Maslona. Wrona also produced with Olga Szymanska serving as executive producer. Demon follows the Orchard’s previous TIFF acquisition, the horror anthology Southbound, which also is slated for a 2016 release. The deal for Demon was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, Director of Acquisitions for the Orchard, with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. Reel Suspects is currently selling the film at AFM.
The Australian comedy sequel A Few Less Men has entered AFM this week for worldwide sales one week after beginning principal photography in Perth. The follow-up to the 2011 Hangover-esque wedding comedy A Few Best Men, the film reunites the original cast of Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop, who must transport their friend’s coffin to London and find themselves stranded in the Australian bush. The cast is rounded out by Ryan Corr, Jeremy Sims, Lynette Curran, Darren Gilshenan, Sacha Horler, Deborah Mailman and Shane Jacobson
Like its predecessor, A Few Less Men is written by Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral). Mark Lamprell is directing, with Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings, and Gorean Films Limited producing. Dean Craig, Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman xecutive produce, with Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge financing. Arclight Films is overseeing international sales, and the film has already been sold to Lucky Red in Italy, Modus Vivendi for Pan Eastern Europe, Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia, Italia Films for Pan Middle East and Galaxy for Vietnam, with Australian and New Zealand rights going to Studio Canal.
XLrator Media has conjured up U.S. rights to the fantasy thriller The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty for release in 2016. The film follows Thomas Kaiser, who inherits an ancestral mansion and discovers that with it comes an ancient curse that stretches back to the Crusades. Appointed a guardian tasked with keeping evil demons at bay, he teams up with ambitious local realtor and a paranormal cleric, while trying to awaken the titular sleeping beauty. The film stars Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, and Bruce Davison.
The pic is ritten and directed by Pearry Teo from a screenplay Teo wrote with Josh Nadler inspired by characters from the Brothers Grimm tale. Teo and Ehud Bleiberg produce. XLrator Media acquired rights from Bleiberg Entertainment, and the two companies also are partnering on an episodic series based on the movie; in addition, Everette Hartsoe is creating a tie-in comic. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are repping international sales rights at AFM.