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CANNES 2012: FilmDistrict Grabs Rights to Horror Flick 'Oculus,' Focus Int'l Selling

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire May 16, 2012 at 3:40AM

FilmDistrict has acquired the horror feature "Oculus," which director Mike Flanagan will expand from his short film. Flanagan (“Absentia”) wrote the script with Jeff Howard.
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Cannes 2012

FilmDistrict has acquired the horror feature "Oculus," which director Mike Flanagan will expand from his short film. Flanagan (“Absentia”) wrote the script with Jeff Howard.

Intrepid Pictures' Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans are producing and fully financing the project. Anil Kurian of Intrepid will be an executive producer. Focus Features International is repping sales on the film at the Cannes market.

In “Oculus,” a terrible accident left two kids orphans and the brother charged with murder. Ten years on, his sister is still trying to prove that a haunted antique mirror was actually responsible. The project is scheduled to begin filming late summer.

"When we read the script for 'Oculus' and saw Mike's short, we were excited about his potential to create a film that would deliver real scares to horror fans," said FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel.

FilmDistrict next has "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Looper" and "Red Dawn" heading to theaters in 2012.

Intrepid’s "The Cold Light of Day” will hit theaters in September through Summit. The company is also selling the teen thriller "Crush” at Cannes through FilmNation.

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, FilmDistrict, Oculus