Rob Zombie's Horror Film '31' Acquired by Saban

31 still 1 - H 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Institute
The horror thriller first premiered at Sundance.

Saban Films is set to acquire North American rights to Rob Zombie's latest film, the horror thriller 31.

The film, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, stars Sheri Moon Zombie and Malcolm McDowell. It follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Rob Zombie wrote and directed 31, which was financed by Bow and Arrow Entertainment, who co-produced with Spectacle Entertainment Group.

The pic will have a limited theatrical release on Sept. 16.

31 is a treat not just to horror fans, but fans of true auteur filmmaking,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley. “The film is executed in true stylistic Zombie fashion. Rob is an unrivaled talent, and we are thrilled to bring his bold new film to audiences across the continent.”

Bromiley, Ness Saban and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films. UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing and handled North American rights.

 "After meeting with Saban, it was obvious that this was the perfect home for 31," said Rob Zombie. "They have a true understanding of the genre and how to handle it. I am very excited to work with them.”