After her other, more acclaimed Sundance movie Martha Marcy May Marlene got picked up yesterday, Elizabeth Olsen is getting a second chance to infiltrate theaters sometime this year. THR tells us that her horror film Silent House has been picked up by Liddell Entertainment, who has acquired the domestic and most of the international rights for the film. They’re said to be considering giving the domestic rights to an American distributor, with Lionsgate having an interest. Directed by Open Water helmers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, with a script by Lau, it’s a remake of last year’s Uruguayan film La Casa Muda. Shot in one (supposed) take, the movie was a midnight premiere on Thursday, and was not well received by members of the site who saw it. Still, horror has a wide reach, so its no surprise to see this get picked up.
Participation Media has acquired Circumstance, according to Deadline. The Iranian film, written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz, is described as the story of a “wealthy Iranian family struggling to contain a teen’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession”, and was acquired in a deal around mid-to-high six figures. Several distributors are said to be in discussions to pick the film up, and the film’s international status makes me think it’ll have interested parties from all over the world. Ricky Strauss, the President of Participant Media, was quoted as saying “This remarkable debut from an exciting new film making talent, Maryam Keshavarz, gives us the perfect vehicle to begin expanding our international outreach with foreign language storytelling”.
Finally, in something that’s a little different, Deadline tells us that Fox Searchlight acquired the remake rights to The Bengali Detective, directed by Philip Cox and distributed by Native Voice Film. Searchlight’s President of Production Claudia Lewis stated “We adored this film and are delighted to have the chance to work with such entertaining, funny material. We were charmed by this story of a dedicated husband and self-made detective who dreams big”. The movie follows private eye Rajesh Ji, and his investigation into Calcutta’s criminal underworld, along with his dream to dance on Indian TV.
Which of these movies has you most interested?