EFM roundup: Canadian horror scares up sales in Berlin

The Soska Sisters' Rabid remake and The Child Remains land deals at EFM while Brandon Cronenberg's latest readies for production.

Rabid remake goes international at EFM

Film Mode Entertainment has landed several acquisitions for Soska Sisters’ reimagining of David Cronenberg’s classic horror hit Rabid at the European Film Market in Berlin. Eagle has bought the film rights for the Middle East, Fox Asia for Pan Asia, Splendid Film for Germany and Benelux and Vertex Partners for CIS. The film had previously inked deals with 101 Films for distribution in the U.K. and A71 for Canada ahead of production in Toronto in summer 2018. 101 Films and Film Mode co-represent the film.

The Child Remains picked up by Uncork’d Entertainment

Malefic Films has inked a deal with Texas-based Uncork’d Entertainment at EFM to distribute Canadian horror film The Child Remains in North America. The film will see simultaneous theatrical and digital distribution in June 2019. The deal was brokered by Uncork’d president Keith Leopard, producer Craig Cameron and director/producer Michael Melski. The Child Remains was produced in association with Telefilm Canada.

Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor to start production

Rhombus Media and Rook Films have announced in Berlin that Canadian sci-fi coproduction Possessor will launch production in Toronto beginning in April. The film is written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, following the success of Antiviral. Also announced is the addition of cast members Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Stacy Martin (All the Money in the World), who join stars Andrea Riseborough (The Death of Stalin) and Christopher Abbott (James White).

Possessor is produced by Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman, and Kevin Krikst of Rhombus Media and Andy Starke of Rook Films, in participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Creates. Elevation Pictures has already picked up the Canadian distribution rights while Well Go USA has landed the U.S. rights.