5:31am PT by Vladimir Kozlov
Lionsgate to Remake Russian Horror Film 'The Bride,' 'Conjuring' Writers to Produce (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has acquired the remake rights to the Russian horror movie Nevesta (The Bride).
The studio landed the rights thanks to its alliance with Globalgate Entertainment, a Lionsgate rep told The Hollywood Reporter. Globalgate is Lionsgate's alliance with entrepreneurs William Pfeiffer, Clifford Werber and Paul Presburger.
Vlad Severtsev, producer of the original movie with Dmitry Litvinov and Zaur Bolotayev, told THR that Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, known for writing The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, will produce the remake alongside him.
The original film centers on a turn-of-the-century bride who returns from the dead to terrify a modern-day bride and her family. It was written and directed by Svyatoslav Podgayevsky (Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite).
The Bride was released in Russia in January and grossed $3.1 million. It subsequently was released in several other territories.
Lionsgate partnered with Pfeiffer, Werber and Presburger to form Globalgate in 2016. Globalgate curates intellectual property from around the world for local-language film production, which is co-financed with its consortium partners. Local-language productions account for well over 50 percent of the box office in many major territories.
The Bride deal is consistent with Globalgate’s operating model and focus on identifying, securing and leveraging IP, an industry source told THR.