Bron Studios’ genre label The Realm is set to produce “The Wildness,” a horror-comedy that Marcel Sarmiento (“Deadgirl”) will direct from a script by Evan Dickson (“The Bringing”) that was voted to the 2014 Blood List, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
The story follows a ski bum who’s pushing 40 and still has a penchant for drugs, babes and transcendental meditation. He’s forced to become an unlikely hero in order to save a mountainside community too drunk on wild parties and over-development to notice that their kids are being systematically turned into werewolves.
Bron’s Matthias Mellinghaus will produce “The Wildness” with renowned “scream queen” Barbara Crampton. Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Garrick Dion will serve as executive producers along with Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance. Production is expected to start in January in Vancouver, and casting is already under way.
Gilbert and Dion, who respectively serve as president/CEO and VP of Development at Bron Studios, launched The Realm last summer as a genre label that specializes in director-driven films across multiple genres. Bron Studios has its own mandate, curating concept-driven pictures with commercial appeal at modest budgets.
Bron Studios’ recent productions include Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation,” Ricky Gervais‘ Netflix comedy “Special Correspondents,” the Hank Williams drama “I Saw the Light” starring Tom Hiddleston, A24’s Ellen Page-Evan Rachel Wood film “Into the Forest” and “Una” starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. The company is also co-producing Denzel Washington‘s “Fences” with Paramount.
Sarmiento, who has directed segments of the horror anthologies “The ABC’s of Death” and “V/H/S: Viral,” is represented by Chris Ridenhour at APA, while Dickson is repped by managers Jarrod Murray and Allard Cantor at Epicenter.