Acqusitions: The Retreat, Taken 2, ParaNorman

The Retreat
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired North American rights to the Carl Tibbetts-directed thriller “The Retreat” from Magnet Films according to Variety.

The production features Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton as a couple who move to a remote island cottage to rebuild their frail marriage. Jamie Bell plays a wounded stranger who arrives on their doorstep with news of a lethal pandemic sweeping the mainland.

Taken 2
20th Century Fox will distribute EuropaCorp’s upcoming untitled “Taken” sequel in North America. Olivier Megaton directs from a screenplay by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, though no production schedule has yet been set.

Focus Features and animation studio Laika, who previously teamed on “Coraline”, are re-teaming for two projects says Business Insider.

The first is “ParaNorman”, a 3D stop-motion animated feature though plot details aren’t available. An August 17th 2012 release date is already set.

The second has yet to be named but it will open sometime in 2014.