IFC Midnight Acquires The Babadook

2014/01/25 22:05:14 +00:00 | Jonathan James

Jennifer Kent's The Babadook had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and IFC Midnight announced that they have acquired rights to release the movie in the US and Latin America:

"IFC Midnight announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring U.S. and Latin American rights to Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror film THE BABADOOK. The film, with a screenplay by Kent, stars actress Essie Davis in a breakout role as a single mother who must cope with her troubled son and the shadowy monster that has taken over their home. The film was produced by Kristina Ceyton (Causeway Films) and Kristian Moliere, and executive produced by Jonathan Page, Michael Tear, Jan Chapman, and Jeff Harrison. The film made its World Premiere this week in the Midnight Section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Entertainment One Films International (eOne) handles international rights to the film.

Jennifer Kent ‘s remarkable debut feature tells the story of a single mother named Amelia (Australian actress Essie Davis in a critically hailed breakthrough performance). She is plagued by the violent death of her husband, and forced to battle with her troubled son’s nighttime fear of a shadowy monster. At odds with her own child and this terrifying presence in her home, she is forced to confront this dark entity lurking in herhouse. With echoes of past and contemporary classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, The Exorcist, The Omen and Let the Right One In, the film is an exquisitely crafted tale starring Davis and young newcomer Noah Wiseman. The supporting cast includes Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear...

...The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions and Productions, at Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with John Sloss for Cinetic Media, on behalf ofHarold van Lier and Charlotte Mickie for eOne, and the filmmakers. This deal follows last week’s announcement that eOne Films International successfully secured a multi-territory sale of the film to Wild Bunch for France, Germany and Switzerland."

Trailer Source: Horror Addict