By Brian Brooks | Indiewire March 26, 2010 at 8:06AM
U.S. rights to Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's "[REC] 2," the sequel to their cult film, "[REC]" have been picked up by Magnet Releasing, the genre label of the Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures. Magnet plans an early July theatrical release for the film, which will be released through Magnolia/Magnet's Ultra VOD program, debuting a month prior on VOD platforms nationwide.
"[REC]" told the story of a quarantined apartment building infected with a ferocious virus that spread a terrifying form of demonic possession to the trapped inhabitants. "[REC] 2" kicks off shortly after the events of the first film, when a medical officer and a SWAT team armed with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment building to try and neutralize the situation.
"Without a doubt, '[REC] 2' is the scariest film of the year," commented Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn who negotiated the deal for the acquisition in a statement. "Nobody does horror as terrifying as directors Jaume Ballaguero and Paco Plaza. It's a great fit for Magnet."
Past Magnet releases include Tomas Alfredson's "Let the Right One In," John Woo's historical epic, "Red Cliff," Ty West's "The House of the Devil," Nacho Vigalondo's "Timecrimes," sci-fi epic "Mutant Chronicles," "The Warlords" starring Jet Li, Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 2," Nicholas Winding "Refn's Bronson" and such upcoming titles as Gareth Edwards' "Monsters," Neil Marshall's "Centurion," George A. Romero's "Survival of the Dead," and action sequel "District 13 - Ultimatum."