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Neon Books Distribution Rights for Riley Keough Thriller ‘The Lodge’

Sundance 2019: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s English-language debut premiered Friday night in the festival’s midnight section

Neon has booked domestic distribution rights to the Riley Keough thriller “The Lodge,” which premiered Friday night in the midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival. The deal is worth just under $2 million, according to an individual familiar with the negotiations.

The film, which should hit theaters in 2019, is the English-language debut of Austrian writer-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, who first made a splash with the 2014 German-language horror film “Goodnight Mommy.”

In the film, Lia McHugh and Jaeden Lieberher (“It”) star as siblings who are snowed in a remote cabin with the much younger woman (Keough) whom their dad (Richard Armitage) plans to marry after dumping their mom (Alicia Silverstone.

FilmNation fully financed the thriller, a production of FilmNation and Hammer Films. Simon Oakes, Aliza James and Aaron Ryder produced; while Ben Browning, Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Brad Zimmerman, Marc Schipper and Xavier Marchand exec produced.

Endeavor Content repped the filmmakers.

It’s been a busy festival for Neon, which on Sunday picked up rights to the survival thriller “Monos,” starring Julianne Nicholson as an American hostage held by a group of young soldiers and rebels in training on a remote mountain in Latin America.

Variety first reported news of the deal.