Lionsgate Acquires Rights To Cooties Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.21.2014
Ewww, Lionsgate's got cooties!
Coming Soon reports that Lionsgate has acquired the North American Rights to SpectreVision and Glacier Films' Cooties at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
It's a comedic horror film that is the feature directorial debut for Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee) wrote the script. It stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Jorge Garcia and Nasim Pedrad. Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Wood, Steven Schneider, Georgy Malkov, and Tove Christensen produced the film with Whannell, Brennan, Hayden Christensen, Seth William Meier, Vladimir Poliakov, Sarik Andreasyan and Gevond Andreasyan executive producing.
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate's President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said: "We're thrilled to have another Leigh Whannell project back at Lionsgate to build on our 10-year history together during which we released seven films in the 'Saw' franchise that he co-created. Leigh and Ian, along with all the filmmakers and cast of 'Cooties,' have created a project that we found ourselves laughing out loud throughout and we cannot wait to share it with moviegoers!"
Whannell added: "I couldn't be more excited that 'Cooties' has found a home with Lionsgate, a decade after they beautifully handled the release of 'Saw'. I'm thrilled to be working with them again, and can't wait to introduce 'Cooties' to the world with their help."
Brennan simply stated: "'Glee' and 'Saw' just had a baby! And its name is 'Cooties'."
Wood said: "Even before we set forth on the production of 'Cooties,' we've always seen the ideal home for this film to be at Lionsgate. We could not be more thrilled!"
Here's a synopsis of the film: In Cooties, a substitute teacher at a new school experiences the worst first day imaginable when he discovers that an outbreak of a mysterious virus is transforming the students into rampaging tykes. The film hilariously illustrates that sometimes kids can literally turn into little monsters.
The film premiered at midnight to a sold-out crowd this past Saturday (January 18) at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. The debut was ten years to the date that Saw made its midnight premiere as part of Sundance's midnight lineup in 2004. Lionsgate then acquired that film and went on to create a franchise that included six more films and two video games.