SXSW in 60 Seconds: Midnight ‘Aggression,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Tall Man’ Get Picked Up; ‘Brooklyn Castle’ Doc to be Remade
Mar 15, 2012
Popular Midnighters: The middle of the night has proven to be the right time to induce large crowds to wait in long lines. On Monday evening, people started lining up for Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End at least two hours in advance of its Midnight starting time. And last night, hopeful attendees began lining up three hours in advance for Iron Sky -- the “Nazis on the Moon” flick -- even though the buzz has been decidedly mixed to negative. The feeling seems to be: You have to see it for yourself to make a decision.
Two films that debuted as part of the Midnighters section have been picked up for distribution, two of them by Anchor Bay. Girls Against Boys, a female-revenge thriller starring Danielle Panabaker that won as many fans as detractors, will gain a limited theatrical release. The Aggression Scale (pictured above) is a brutal, yet audience-pleasing title that received generally favorable reviews. The cast includes horror fave Derek Mears, plus Dana Ashbrook and Ray Wise (both alumni of Twin Peaks). The film will be headed to Blu-ray and DVD on May 29. [Indiewire]
The Tall Man, a thriller from writer/director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) starring Jessica Biel, has been acquired by Image Entertainment, which plans a theatrical release this fall. When the film screened for the first time on Monday night, the near-unanimous reaction was disappointment, though staunch defenders have emerged. It should be interesting to see how it plays with general audiences in what will most likely be a limited release. [Deadline]
Remaking Real Life: How do you remake a documentary? Sony Pictures Classics, in partnership with powerhouse producer Scott Rudin, has purchased the remake rights to Brooklyn Castle, an audience favorite that had its world premiere here on Sunday. In the film, a chess team from an inner-city junior high school must deal with economic challenges to their existence. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Earlier this year, Rudin purchased rights to Indie Game: The Movie, a documentary about game developers that debuted at Sundance (and also played to popular acclaim at SXSW); that project is slated to be a series on HBO. Recent Academy Award-winning doc Undefeated is also due for a remake as a feature film, with Sean Combs on board as executive producer. So it seems that documentaries have become a vital source of material for producers to harvest for new projects.