Entertainment One has acquired the U.S. rights to Jim Mickle’s horror thriller “We Are What We Are” for theatrical release planned for later this year, the company announced Saturday.
The film premiered this week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
In "We Are What We Are," a re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, Jim Mickle paints a gripping and gruesome portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive. Bill Sage (“Boardwalk Empire”), Ambryr Childers (“The Master”), and Julie Garner (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) star, along with Michael Parks, Kelly McGillis, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell and Jack Gore.
“We Are What We Are” was written by Mickle and Damici. The two previously collaborated on the screenplays for Mickle’s first two features, “Mulberry Street” and “Stake Land.” The film is produced by Rodrigo Bellott, Andrew D. Corkin, Linda Moran, Nicholas Shumaker and Jack Turner.
“Jim Mickle’s talent was obvious in “Mulberry Street” and Stake Land,'” Dylan Wiley, Entertainment One's vice-president of theatrical marketing and distribution, said in a statement, “but this film fulfills his vision on a whole new level and will put him in his rightful place among the masters of genre film-making. It will be our pleasure to introduce him to an even wider fan base and we’re confident that audiences will eat up the film.”
The deal was negotiated by Mark Ankner and Christine D’Souza for WME Global, Andre des Rochers for Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP, Emilie Georges for Memento Films International and Sejin Croninger, VP Worldwide Acquisitions for Entertainment One.
Previously, Entertainment One acquired rights to “We Are What We Are” in the U.K., Canada, France, Scandinavia and South Africa. Memento Films International is handling international sales.