David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Ritual) is no doubt having a very good time at Sundance this year. His horror/thriller The Night House was picked up for a reported $12 million by Disney’s Searchlight (formerly Fox Searchlight) in the first brokered deal at the international film festival according to Deadline.
The film stars Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), Sarah Goldberg (The Report), Vondie Curtis Hall (Broken Arrow), and Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past).
In The Night House, which Bruckner says mines “late-night anxiety” for its horrors, Hall plays a widow who begins to discover rather disturbing secrets about her late husband after his death.
“I joke that the script followed me home and wouldn’t leave me alone,” Bruckner told Deadline previously. “I’m always interested in getting some kind of late-night spiral of anxiety on camera.”
The deal came after four theatrical distributors and three streaming services had placed bids on the property. The $12 million price tag gives Searchlight exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the film.
While Sundance is ostensibly a film festival–The Blair Witch Project made its world debut there–it’s a place where deals are made and alliances forged and other distribution bidding wars are no doubt underway as we speak.
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