Lionsgate is back in business with Eli Roth, as the studio has closed a deal to acquire the director’s home invasion thriller “Knock Knock” for $2.5 million, an individual close to the negotiations has told TheWrap.
Keanu Reeves stars as a married man left alone for the weekend who’s seduced and tortured by two beautiful young girls, played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas in her first English-language role.
The film premiered on Friday night at the Library and drew mixed reviews, with several critics taking aim at the film’s campy third act. Izzo and de Armas, however, earned strong notices for their startling turns as the psychotic villains.
Roth wrote the script with his “Aftershock” collaborators Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo.
The film is based on the 1977 movie “Death Game” starring Colleen Camp, who produced the film with Cassian Elwes, Roth, Lopez, John T. Degraye and Miguel Asensio. “The Imitation Game’s” Teddy Schwarzman served as executive producer along with Peter S. Traynor and Camp’s “Death Game” co-star Sondra Locke.
Camp also co-stars in the film alongside Aaron Burns and Ignacio Allamand, who appeared in Roth’s “Green Inferno” as well as Lopez’s “Aftershock.”
Lionsgate previously released Roth’s directorial debut “Cabin Fever” as well as both of his “Hostel movies.”
The “Knock Knock” deal was negotiated by CAA and Elwes on behalf of the filmmakers.