By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire August 23, 2012 at 4:13PM
IFC Midnight has acquired all North American rights to director Franck Khalfoun’s remake of the 1980 chiller “Maniac,” starring Elijah Wood.
Wood takes on the role of Frank, a withdrawn mannequin-store owner whose obsession with a young female artist unleashes long-buried murderous tendencies. “High Tension” screenwriters Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur wrote the screenplay for the film, which first screened out of competition at Cannes.
Thomas Langmann, Aja, Levasseur, and William Lustig produced the project; Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Andrew W. Garroni, Pavlina Hatoupis and Alix Taylor are executive producers.
"Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja have reteamed and are joined by Elijah Wood for a deeply disturbing remake of William Lustig's classic that will delight genre fans,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. “We can't wait to bring this to audiences and look forward to working with La Petite Reine and Studio 37, who guided this film into the world."
Sundance Selects/IFC Films execs Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with CAA and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.
A sister label of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, IFC Midnight have recently released “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” “Vengeance” and “Super.” Brandon Cronenberg’s “Antiviral,” another Cannes 2012 entry, is forthcoming.