EXCLUSIVE: As a part of Vince Totino and John Hegeman’s newly launched Wayward Entertainment and their new style slate, we’ve realized that the studio will likely be going right into a manufacturing on an English-language tackle Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Icelandic horror film Rift. Oscar profitable Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will produce.
Wayward will likely be partnering with XYZ Films for the subsequent two years on its slate of filmmaker-driven style options throughout all platforms.
Rift is an atmospheric thriller which follows two guys whose damaged relationship is examined as they’re haunted by a supernatural entity woke up by their emotional turmoil and grief. Cameras will roll this winter.
Rift joins Wayward Leisure’s beforehand introduced Nick Frost and Simon Pegg manufacturing Svalta, which we first informed you about. XYZ can also be teaming with Wayward on Svalta.
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Thoroddsen, who lately wrapped filming on The Piper for Millennium Media, will return to jot down and direct Rift. Producing with Black will likely be J. Todd Harris and Marc Macum’s Branded Photos Leisure (The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Youngsters Are Alright).
Black mentioned “In Erlingur’s regular arms, this movie not solely guarantees to terrify and entertain, it has the potential to shatter preconceptions and destroy the established order”, including “It’s nice to have XYZ and Wayward supporting our efforts with such ardour and experience. We couldn’t consider higher companions and residential for Rift”
Wayward Leisure’s Totino and Hegeman mentioned “Rift is a tremendous story that’s deeply nuanced and hauntingly lovely. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the filmmakers and XYZ Movies on such an organization defining film.”
XYZ Movies Companions Nick Spicer and Nate Bolotin commented “Rift completely highlights our mandate for this partnership, which is to be the premier residence for genre-focused filmmakers with a significant story to inform.”
Black has directed and written the Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris function Virginia, wrote Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, and created, directed and wrote the ABC miniseries When We Rise, along with co-producing and writing on the HBO sequence Large Love. He gained the unique screenplay on the Oscars for Milk, and the WGA’s Paul Selvin award.
Erlingur is repped by Verve, BMK-ENT, and Myman Greenspan Fox. Black is repped by CAA.