AFM: Ghost House inks for 'Tattooist'


Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures has inked a deal for North American rights to Peter Burger's "The Tattooist," a supernatural thriller starring Jason Behr.

Burger and producer Robin Scholes enticed Tapert and Raimi to visit New Zealand to talk to Burger about the final cut and to help guide the final stages of postproduction, the producer said Tuesday.

"We started our careers independently producing our horror films and understand the challenges of these filmmakers," Tapert said.

For his part, Scholes said he was pleased to have "specialists in horror and thriller films" managing the U.S outing for the movie via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The North American deal was negotiated with Ghost House by Kathleen Drumm and James Thompson of NZ Film.

The movie will unspool at this week at the American Film Market and centers on Samoan spiritual beliefs about a U.S. tattoo artist who unwittingly unleashes a powerful and angry spirit with one of his designs.

"Tattooist" is a New Zealand/Singapore co-production between Eyeworks Touchdown and MediaCorp. Raintree Pictures. It was executive produced by Julie Christie, Daniel Yun, James Dean and Paul Davis. The screenwriters are Matthew Grainger & Jonathan King ("Black Sheep") based on an idea by Vela Manusaute.

The co-producers are Ng San San and Chan Pui Yin. International sales are being handled by NZ Film.