Dark Sky Films has been involved with such films as The Innkeepers and Stake Land. They recently signed a new three-picture deal with Fantastic Films and the first project has been announced:

Leading producer-distributor MPI's Dark Sky Films today announced it has signed a three-picture deal with Ireland's Fantastic Films, bringing together two strong independent companies to create and distribute thrilling genre movies to audiences around the world.

The deal was negotiated by Greg Newman, executive vice president of MPI Media Group, and Fantastic Films' Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell. The three-picture arrangement will cover a two-year span, with the first film, The Cherry Tree, to begin principal photography at the end of 2012.

The deal continues a successful relationship between the two companies. The Oscar-winning Fantastic Films' Stitches was produced in partnership with MPI in 2012, while the pair also successfully released Wake Wood here in the US. Wake Wood's director, David Keating, will direct The Cherry Tree.

MPI's Greg Newman said, "Fantastic films have amazing taste and a great understanding of genre filmmaking, and we look forward to our collaboration with them. Together, we make an incredibly strong development and production team, and are very likeminded about the type of films and filmmakers we intend to work with. There are several amazing projects on the horizon and we look forward to jumping in immediately."

Fantastic Films' John McDonnell added, "We couldn't be happier with the success MPI has had with our films and we expect the winning streak to continue."

About MPI Media Group
The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI's wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Library. www.mpimediagroup.com

About Fantastic Films
Fantastic Films is an Oscar-winning film production company based in Dublin, Ireland, that focuses on high-quality genre and niche films. The company's directors, filmmakers John McDonnell and Brendan McCarthy, started Fantastic Films in 2000 to produce shorts and establish relationships with new, emerging talent in film. In 2006, Fantastic's co-produced short Six Shooter won the Academy Award. The company's first feature, 2002's Song for a Raggy Boy, marked an important and significant advance in Irish film. Fantastic Films has since established a strong and unique presence throughout Europe and beyond with such innovative horror features as Stitches, Wake Wood and Outcast. www.fantasticfilms.ie