U.S. rights to Brad Anderson’s “Vanishing on 7th Street” starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton and young R&B sensation Jacob Latimore have been picked up by Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures. The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is described by Magnet as a “scary, character driven horror film that taps into one of humankind’s most basic and universal anxieties: fear of the dark.”
The US deal was negotiated by Magnet SVP Tom Quinn with Cinetic. Magnet will release the film theatrically in February, 2011.
Set during a massive power outage, which plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a group of individuals (Christensen, Leguizamo, Newton) find themselves alone. The entire city’s population has vanished into thin air, leaving only evidence of their previous existence. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, they realize the darkness is out to get them, and only their rapidly diminishing light sources can keep them safe.
“‘Vanishing on 7th Street’ is scary as hell, but it’s the richness of its characters and the stellar performances that really make it stand out,” commented Magnet SVP Tom Quinn in a statement. “Brad Anderson has made an excellent, wholly original ghost film that is a perfect fit for the Magnet slate.”