FilmDistrict Acquires 'Oculus': Cannes

FilmDistrict has acquired Intrepid Pictures’ horror feature Oculus, to be directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard based on Flanagan’s acclaimed short film. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce and are fully financing the project, and the company’s Anil Kurian will executive produce. International sales are being handled by Focus Features International at Cannes. Production is set for a late summer start.

The logline: Ten years ago a horrifying family incident left two young children orphans. Although authorities charged the brother with murder, his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.

“When we read the script for Oculus and saw Mike’s short, we were excited about his potential to create a film that would deliver real scares to horror fans,” said Schlessel. “We look forward to working with Trevor and Marc and their team at Intrepid on the project.”

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