Saban Films has acquired all domestic rights to VIVARIUM, a science-fiction thriller directed by Lorcan Finnegan and starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, which premiered to rave reviews in the Critic’s Week section at the Cannes Film Festival. Fantastic Films’ Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell produced in association with Lovely Productions, in co-production with Belgium’s Frakas Productions and Denmark’s Pingpong Film. XYZ executive produced and started handling global sales at Cannes.
VIVARIUM is the story of a young couple (Poots & Eisenberg) in search of a starter home, who follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development.
“We are very impressed with Lorcan’s elevated genre piece, heightened with the strong-calibre performances of Imogen and Jesse,” said Bill Bromiley, President of Saban Films. “We are looking forward to our audiences seeing this original, smart and offbeat film.”
VIVARIUM received support from Screen Ireland, Wallimage, the Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen Film Fund and Eurimages, as well as the Creative Europe Media Programme of the European Union, Film4, and Frontières.
The deal was brokered by Saban Films’ Ness Saban, along with CAA Media Finance and XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
Additional territories sold by XYZ Films include CDC for Latin America, Falcon for Middle East, Monumental Pictures (UFD) for Ukraine, NonStop Entertainment for Scandinavia, Notorious for Italy, The Jokers Films for France, Umbrella for Australia/New Zealand, Vertigo Releasing for UK/Ireland, A Contracorriente for Spain, Lumix for Korea, Films4You for Portugal, Weirdwave for Greece, Parco for Japan, Russian World Vision for CIS, FOX Networks Group Asia Pacific for Pan Asia PTV/SVOD, Pioneer for Philippines, Shaw Renters for Singapore, and MovieCloud for Taiwan.
Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31. Its upcoming slate includes: Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company is partnering on after coming onboard at script stage; horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell; the heartfelt baseball drama Bottom of the 9th starring Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara; Casey Affleck’s directorial debut Light of My Life; and Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan.