1:04pm PT by THR Staff
Phase 4, Uncork'd Acquire 'Patrick'
Phase 4 Films and Uncork'd Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to horror thriller Patrick.
Directed by Mark Hartley, Patrick stars Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths and Sharni Vinson. Antony I. Ginnane produced.
Phase 4 Films will release the film theatrically and on demand in spring 2014.
Patrick, based on the classic classic Australian 1978 horror film of the same name, centers on a former killer who is now a comatose patient in a small psychiatric clinic. When a pretty young nurse begins working with him, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using his powers to manipulate events in her life.
Patrick made its U.S. debut at Fantastic Fest in September.
"Patrick simultaneously terrified and won over our entire team when we saw it at Fantastic Fest last month," said Berry Meyerowitz, president and CEO of Phase 4 Films. "Mark Hartley has done a tremendous job of paying homage to the original film, but adding a fresh and modern new take on it."
"We chose Phase 4 because of their enviable reputation to adeptly bring films like ours to market. We couldn't be happier about having them join with Uncork'd to release this film in North America," said Ginnane.
The deal was negotiated by Phase 4's Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Bankside Films is handling all international sales. Patrick has been sold to territories including Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, the Middle East, Germany, Benelux and Switzerland.