Zombie-comedy Little Monsters hit the big time last week in Park City, Utah when, after one of the legendary all-night Sundance bidding wars, the film was signed for distribution by Hulu and NEON for, according to Deadline, a mid-seven figure sum.
Written and directed by Abe Forsythe, Little Monsters centers on a schoolteacher (Lupita Nyong’o) who along with a hapless chaperone (Alexander England) and a children’s TV host (Josh Gad) who find themselves in the unlikely position of protecting their young charges from a zombie outbreak while on a class field trip to a petting zoo.
It’s shaping up to be a banner year for Nyong’o who will also appear in Jordan Peele’s new horror film, Us, slated for release in March and also Star Wars Episode IX later this year. The actress, along with the rest of the cast of Black Panther, won the SAG award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture.
The film has been described as a cross between Zombieland and Kindergarten Cop, and was apparently a HUGE hit at its midnight premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival which led to the ensuing bidding war.
While details are still sketchy on exactly how the two distributors will handle the deal, what we will most likely see is a theatrical release with the film ultimately landing on Hulu after its run.
NEON has previously handled distribution for genre entries Assassination Nation and Revenge.