XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the sci-fi action-thriller “The Scribbler,” which stars Katie Cassidy (“Arrow”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Gossip Girl”), Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”), Gina Gershon (“Bound”), Garret Dillahunt (“12 Years a Slave”), Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”), Billy Campbell (“The Killing”) and Sasha Grey.
XLrator Media will release the film in theaters in fall 2014.
Cassidy stars as a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer she comes to being “cured,” the more she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?
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“Combining cool sci-fi elements with ass-kicking action from a cast of hot and talented actresses, ‘The Scribbler’ captures the mind-bending, anarchistic spirit of the original graphic novel and brings it thrillingly to the big screen,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
The film from New Artists Alliance is directed by John Suits and written by Daniel Schaffer, who also created the original 2006 graphic novel on which the film is based. “The Scribbler” is produced by NAA’s Gabriel Cowan and Ken F. Levin of NightSky Productions, while Kerry Johnson executive produced with Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller of Caliber Media.
“New Artists Alliance have pulled off a remarkable adaptation, staying true to the themes of the graphic novel while adding a wealth of visual treats I never even thought of. Fans of the book won’t be disappointed. Fans of Katie Cassidy may actually pee themselves when they get a load of her performance as Suki,” said Schaffer.
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This is the fifth major sale this year for New Artists Alliance including SXSW hit “Bad Milo!” and the excellent genre film “Cheap Thrills,” which won the audience award at SXSW.
The deal was negotiated by Gordon and Mike Radiloff on behalf of XLrator Media, and Traction Media on behalf of the filmmakers.