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by Max O'Connell
March 7, 2014 2:47 PM
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Picturehouse Acquires Adam Wingard's Thriller 'The Guest'

Dan Stevens in "The Guest." The Sundance Institute

SXSW is just around the corner, but Sundance news isn't over yet. Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. distribution rights for the Sundance film "The Guest," Adam Wingard's follow-up to "You're Next."

The film stars Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" as David, a young soldier who visits the Peterson family, whose son died in Afghanistan. The family welcomes David into their home, but teenaged daughter Anna (Maika Monroe) suspects David when townspeople start dying under mysterious circumstances.

It's a terrific premise, one that sounds a bit like a modern version of Bob Clark's 1972 cult classic "Deathdream" (aka "Dead of Night"), in which a family's son comes home after being killed in Vietnam. Wingard got a well-deserved breakthrough last year when "You're Next" finally hit theaters after its 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut, so it'll be fascinating to see what he can do with this premise.

In addition to Wingard, "The Guest" retains "You're Next" writer Simon Barrett and producers Keith Calder and Jessica Wu. The film co-stars Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick. Picturehouse plans to release the film in the fall.


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