By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire May 18, 2012 at 4:31AM
MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to the Spanish psychological thriller “Sleep Tight,” directed by “[REC]” co-writer-director Jaume Balaguero. MPI’s genre arm Dark Sky Films will release the film theatrically in the fall, followed by availability on VOD. The acquisition occurred at the Cannes market.
Luis Tosar stars as a doorman who takes an unhealthy interest in denting the happiness of one of his annoyingly cheerful female apartment-building residents. The creeper played Fantastic Fest in the fall of 2011 before its popular release in Spain, where it has been nominated for a number of awards. Alberto Marini wrote the screenplay, and Julio Fernandez produced.
“MPI/Dark Sky Films is fortunate to work with some of the most talented directors in the genre,” said MPI exec Greg Newman, who runs the company’s new MPI Pictures distribution division. “We have long been fans of Jaume Balaguero, and in ‘Sleep Tight’ he has created a modern masterpiece of suspense.”
Newman negotiated the deal with Ivan Diaz of Filmax.
Dark Sky has recently released “The Innkeepers,” “Hatchet II” and “Stake Land.”