New Distributor FilmDistrict Announces Release Date for First Feature

Horror tale 'Insiduous' will be released April 1 on 2,500 screens nationwide.

New distributor FilmDistrict has announced that it will release its first feature, Insidious, a horror tale from the writing-directing team of Leigh Whannell and James Wan, on April 1 on 2,500 screens nationwide.

The story of a family who discovers that dark spirits have possessed their home, the movie stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Whanell.

The project was produced by Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, whose credits include Paranormal Activity. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones served as exec producer.

Wan and Whannell previously collaborated on Saw.

"By taking well-known horror movie conventions and elevating them to the next level, they've created a film that is fun, suspenseful and very, very scary," FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel said of the movie, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions own all U.S rights to the film, which was financed by Alliance Films and is an Alliance Films/IM Global presentation. DVD and other ancillary rights will be handled by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It will also be the first film in FilmDistrict's partnership with Netflix.

Alliance will release the film in Canada, Spain and the U.K.