Saban Films has picked up the U.S. rights to producer Ant Timpson’s directorial debut “Come to Daddy,” starring Elijah Wood, the studio announced on Friday.
The horror-comedy made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, and in addition to Wood, it stars Stephen McHattie (“Watchmen,” “Mother!”) and Martin Donovan (“Ant-Man,” “Big Little Lies”).
“Come to Daddy” follows a man in his 30s who travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father. Toby Harvard penned the script based on an idea from Timpson.
“Come to Daddy’s horror and comedy mix is perfectly balanced and creates a wonderfully wild atmosphere that’ll keep audiences guessing – all the way through,” Saban Films president Bill Bromiley said in a statement.
The film was produced by Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Tunstall for Nowhere, Daniel Bekerman for Scythia Films, Katie Holly for Blinder Films, Emma Slade for Firefly Films, and Toby Harvard. Tango Entertainment financed the Canadian, New Zealand, Irish co-production with support from the New Zealand Film Commission, Telefilm, Blinder Films and Egg Post Production.
Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Jacqueline Nguyen and Alex Ordanis co-produced and executive producers are Timpson, Tim Headington and Lia Buman.
Saban Films recently announced its partnership with Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” coming on board from script stage for the sequel to “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”
Saban Films’ upcoming slate includes: the heartfelt baseball drama “Bottom of the 9th” starring Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara; Casey Affleck’s directorial debut “Light of My Life;” “The Professor” starring Johnny Depp; Brian De Palma’s “Domino” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; and Derrick Borte’s “American Dreamer” starring Jim Gaffigan.