Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman‘s (Saw franchise, Repo! The Genetic Opera) DEATH OF ME. Starring Maggie Q (Nikita, Divergent franchise) and Luke Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld) and from a script penned by Ari Margolis (Black Days) & James Morley III (Black Days, Intrepid) and David Tish (Blood Money).
DEATH OF ME centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife – though she’s actually very much alive.
“Darren has been a staple in the horror genre from early on with the Saw franchise, and we are thrilled to be partnering with him on his latest film,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “The suspense and chemistry that Maggie and Luke bring to the screen will keep audiences enraptured through this wild ride.”
Ness Saban negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Nate Bolotin and Pip Ngo from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
DEATH OF ME is produced by Envision Media Arts’ Lee Nelson and David Tish, and Samuel Marshall Production’s Charlie Dorfman. Executive Producers for the film’s financier Media Finance Capital are CEO David Bilbery and Marlon Vogelgesang, alongside Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz for 13 Films.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Saban again,” said EMA’s Lee Neson. “They’ve proven to be a great destination for producers like us who are interested in bringing quality concept driven material to the marketplace.”
13 Films represents the foreign rights and will be presenting the film to buyers at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival having already inked a number of key deals for the film including : Italy and Poland (Sun Films), Russia (Parakeet), Middle East (Eagle), South Korea (Mobydick), Vietnam (Galaxy), Philippines (Pioneer), Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Malaysia (Westec).
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; Cannes hit Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg; 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.
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