Dark Sky Films and Snowfort Pictures are teaming with director Ted Geoghegan on Satanic Panic, the follow-up to his SXSW horror pic We Are Still Here. The new project’s screenplay is being written by Grady Hendrix, whose novel Horrorstör is in development at Fox Television with “Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz. Travis Stevens and Greg Newman, who produced We Are Still Here, are doing the same for Satanic Panic. “Equal parts supernatural horror and survival thriller, the film hinges on smart, funny dialogue and a clever, surprisingly badass female hero,” Geoghegan said of his new film. “A snarky, splattery takedown of the 1%, it places a trod-upon heroine up against the literally soulless societal upper crust. The banter and blood come fast and furious, and we’re hoping to leave very little time to breathe between gasps and gags.” MPI, which released We Are Still Here stateside in June, is handling international sales for that pic at AFM.
Double Dutch International said today that it has sold A.R.C.H.I.E., featuring the voice of Michael J. Fox as a robot dog, to Arc Entertainment in the U.S. Deals for the pic from rookie writer-director Robin Dunne also include Programme Store (France), Jigsaw (Australia), California Filmes (Latin America) and Prima Cinema (Indonesia). On the news of her robotic research program being shut down by the military, A.R.C.H.I.E.’s creator Brooke (Katherine Isabelle) helps him escape in the hopes of finding a family to care for him. The robot dog eventually finds recently orphaned Isabel, who is struggling to find friends in the new town where she lives with her uncle Paul, the mayor. They become fast friends while helping Paul in his race to retain his mayoral supremacy. Dunne also voiced a role in the film, which Arc plans to release in April. It is produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara Shaak from Trilight Entertainment and financed by Clairwood Capital Management.