Magazine article Screen International

FilmDistrict Acquires US Rights to Intrepid Horror Oculus

Magazine article Screen International

FilmDistrict Acquires US Rights to Intrepid Horror Oculus

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EXCLUSIVE: Mike Flanagan will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on Flanagan's acclaimed short film of the same name. Focus Features International is handling sales on the rest of the world in Cannes.

Intrepid is fully financing and principals Trevor Macy and Marc D Evans are producing. Oculus is about an allegedly haunted antique mirror that may have played a part in a family tragedy that left two children orphans.

At the time, the boy was charged with murder. Years later he emerges a rehabilitated man, however his grown-up sister remains convinced the mirror was responsible for their parents' deaths.

Production has been earmarked for late summer and Anil Kurian will serve as executive producer. Intrepid negotiated the deal directly with FilmDistrict.

"When we read the script for Oculus and saw Mike's short, we were excited about his potential to create a film that would deliver real scares to horror fans," FilmDistrict head Peter Schlessel said. "We look forward to working with Trevor and Marc and their team at Intrepid on the project. …

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