Sundance: Lionsgate in Negotiations to Acquire Elijah Wood’s Horror Comedy ‘Cooties’

Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and writers Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan co-star in the midnight movie

Lionsgate is in negotiations to acquire North American distribution rights to the horror-comedy “Cooties,” which stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Alison Pill as teachers who must fend off a school full of blood-thirsty students, an individual familiar with the dealmaking process has told TheWrap.

The deal is for between $1 million and $1.5 million according to a “Cooties” insider, though a¬†representative for Lionsgate had no comment.

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Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directed the film, which¬†Wood produced through his SpectreVision banner along with Daniel Noah and Josh Waller. The company also has “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” debuting at Sundance.

Leigh Whannell co-wrote the script with Ian Brennan, and both writers co-star in the film, which premiered exactly 10 years after Lionsgate bought the Whannell-scripted horror film “Saw.” The film debuted Saturday in front of a packed house at the Egyptian.

Paradigm is negotiating the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.