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Bleecker Street Film Takes Stone Age Horror Story ‘Original’ to North America – The Hollywood Reporter


Bleecker Street has acquired the North American rights to director Andrew Cumming’s first feature horror film set in the Stone Age. the origin.

The film from Sony Pictures Stage 6 had its world premiere at the 2022 BFI London Film Festival and was nominated for five British Independent Film Awards, winning one in the category Best Breakthrough Performance for Safia Oakley-Green (SherwoodAnd rare). The screenplay was written by Ruth Greenberg (Being), with Oliver Kasman of Escape Plan Productions (Saint Maud) production.

Bleecker Street is planning a theatrical release for fall and winter, and it was unveiled on Tuesday as the Cannes Film Festival market opening was scheduled.

Set in the past over 45,000 years, the film tells the story of a band of early humans who band together in search of a new land. According to the plot description, “When they suspect they are being stalked by an evil and mystical figure, the clan is forced to confront a terrible danger they never imagined.”

The young film crew also includes Chuku Modu (Captain Marvel, Game of Thrones), Kate Young (Shadow and bonesAnd The School of Good and Evil), Eola Evans (Choose or Die, Carnival Row), Luna Moise (Needle Park Baby, Emma Lugt), Arno Luning (Divine Comedy, Bad Girls) and newcomers Rosebud Melarkey and Tyrell Mhlanga.

David Kaplan (Comes in the night, followed by), Sam Intelli (I saw the TV glow), BFI’s Christine Irving and Screen Scotland’s Leslie Finlay served as executive producers. The acquisition was negotiated by Kent Sanderson and Avy Escenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street with Stage 6.

the origin It joins the slate for the 2023 indie release, which also includes Kathryn Hardwicke’s recent directorial mafia mamaStarring Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci; Directorial debut of Laurel Parmett Starling Girlwhich is currently in theaters; Alice Troughton the lesson, theatrically released on July 7; And Jay Nativ Golda, starring Helen Mirren and is set to hit theaters August 25. Additional Bleecker Street films include director Marc Turtletaub’s sci-fi comedy Joule With Ben Kingsley, in theaters August 11, and Meg Ryan’s first feature film in eight years, What happens next.

Joanna Swanson

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