8:26am PT by Tatiana Siegel
Cannes: Radius-TWC Nabs U.S. Rights to Horror Film 'It Follows'
Radius-TWC has acquired U.S. rights to David Robert Mitchell's horror film It Follows.
The film, which was highly sought after following its Cannes Film Festival debut, marks the second title nabbed by The Weinstein Co.'s boutique label out of Critics' Week (Radius also bought When Animals Dream).
Written by Mitchell, the story kicks off with a strange sexual encounter that leaves a teenager plagued by disturbing visions and the inescapable sense that something is following her.
It Follows features an up-and-coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Keir Gilchrist (It's Kind of a Funny Story), Daniel Zovatto (Laggies), Jake Weary (Zombeavers), Olivia Luccardi (Girls) and Lili Sepe (Spork).
Financed by Animal Kingdom and Northern Lights, the film was produced by Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, Mitchell, David Kaplan and Erik Rommesmo.
Radius is planning a first quarter 2015 release.
"American horror has an extraordinary new voice in David Robert Mitchell," Radius co-president Tom Quinn said. "It Follows is an inspired gift for horror fans everywhere. Both haunting and beautiful, it's sure to be considered one of the best indie horror films in over a decade."
Added Mitchell: "It's great to be working with such a dynamic company like Radius. I'm really excited for audiences to see this film. I hope it leaves a lasting impression in the form of nightmares and a general sense of dread."
The film features an electronic score by Disasterpeace.
Quinn and Radius co-president Jason Janego negotiated the deal on behalf of the label. Cinetic and Jen Dana repped the filmmakers.