Wild Bunch Inks Three-Year Deal With 'Saw' Production Company

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Twisted Pictures' titles will be low-budget projects from up-and-coming filmmakers.

Wild Bunch is turning to Twisted Pictures for a three-year horror film output and distribution deal, both companies said on Tuesday.

Pan European distribution and sales company Wild Bunch will acquire and distribute global cross-media rights to feature films produced by Mark Burg's Twisted Pictures, Evolution's genre label behind Burg’s record-breaking Saw films. The Saw franchise has broken genre records, earning more than $860 million at the international box office.

Twisted Pictures' titles will target a more global audience with two films during the first year of the deal and one or two titles each year after that.

The films will be "provocative, low-budget projects from emerging filmmaking talent," according to Wild Bunch. Evolution’s president, Michael Menchel will head up the development and production team at Twisted Pictures, and more development execs will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Twisted Pictures has managed to create genre pictures with compelling storylines and a quality approach that rises above the crowd,”  Wild Bunch CEO Vincent Grimond said.

Burg added: “Wild Bunch has demonstrated time and again that it knows how to maximize the performance of cutting-edge films, including the type supernatural and shocking thrillers we intend to produce."

Continental Entertainment Capital arranged and structured the transaction, and Evolution’s president, Michael Menchel, and CEC’s Benjamin Waisbren negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch’s team. Menchel and Waisbren will act as producers of the pictures with Burg.