Berlin: Shout! Studios Takes Soska Sisters' Remake of David Cronenberg's 'Rabid' for U.S.
The cameras will start rolling on the updated 1977 classic horror movie in April.
Shout! Studios has taken the U.S. rights to the Soska sisters' remake of David Cronenberg's 1977 classic horror movie Rabid.
The distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory nabbed the digital, on-demand, broadcast, home entertainment and select SVOD rights to the Rabid reboot for cross-platform releases in the U.S. market.
Back 40 Pictures, which is producing the pic from Jen and Sylvia Soska, the twin horror-movie directors that established a cult following with the 2012 cult slasher pic American Mary, is planning a theatrical release.
The Soskas will direct their Rabid version starting in April, based on a screenplay they adapted with John Serge from the original Cronenberg classic. There is no word yet on casting ahead of the production start.
The updated film revolves around Rose, a young woman who, after an accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition, undergoes a radical untested stem-cell treatment. While turning Rose into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price.
"Remaking one of the seminal films of David Cronenberg’s early work is audacious, exciting and not a little nerve-wracking. But there are no better hands in which to place this challenge than the four belonging to the enormously talented Soska sisters," said Jordan Fields, vp acquisitions at Shout! Studios.
Michael Walker, Paul Lalonde and John Vidette of Back 40 Pictures are producing. The U.S. releasing deal was negotiated by Shout’s Fields and Vanessa Keiko Flanders, and by Michael Walker on behalf of Back 40 Pictures, and Clay Epstein of Film Mode Entertainment.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Feb. 15 daily issue at the Berlin Film Festival.